As an author how dependent are you in a good cover that would get you more sales? What does that say about the daily reader that would spend more on a book with a shiny cover than one without? I think that it would be wrong to simply state that a story was only as good as the cover wrapping it. Yet most publicist would want that to be true.
For the first one God Life without Religion. I wanted to do something which would appeal to the religious person. So I went on the web and searched religious pictures that were royalty free. I then put the cover together to give it the most impact and match the theme of the book. It is not a religious book but it is a book on faith. I wanted to give the image of faith in god and not the religions.
For the second one Amber Light series: Amber Light Memories I wanted the key images that re-occur throughout the book to be prevalent in the cover. Giving it sort of a dark feel to it rather than the classic fantasy cover. This is due to the type of book I have written. I have taken a step outside the box in fantasy writing. Away from the traditional I did not want the cover to be misleading but I also did not want to give too much away. It is a fantasy and it is a dark one at that. I have no artistic skills and just put on what I thought I could do. I made this effort by following a very simple tutorial on how to use Gimp and I was off. Of course the process was not easy and I have two or three mistake covers to remind me of that. I must say that if I had shelled out money I would have gotten something close or maybe even better. But would it have helped my book sell more than these covers do?
That is what I am posting about. Would you have if you could make a cover or spend money on a professional one? Would a professional cover sell you book more on the mere fact that it was a professional cover?
I really want to know. And if you are a designer and want to prove to me that the cover does make a difference tell me from your experience. Though please understand that if it was a drab cover with just a name and you paid for a cover that is now a million times better than a name on a drab colour it would not convince me that a professional cover was what made the difference. Posting with pictures in your comment would be cool or email me.