Nov 4, 2010

Judging a NaNo Novel by its Cover

I'm not much of a graphic artist. My 12yr. old (Emily) had to show me how to use photoshop. But how could I resist trying to make a book cover for my NaNoWriMo novel? I know, 50,000 words to get in one month and I start procrastinating with pictures.

Do you try to make up covers for your novels?

I tried to do a few for Dog Show Detective and didn't end up satisfied with any. I think I'd go with a cartoon picture, but I can't mock that up because my drawing skills would result in a picture of a stick-dog. Here's what I came up with, using a photo of Emily and Schroeder playing the parts of Kitty and Spade:

Are you going to do a book cover for your NaNoWriMo novel? Put it up on your blog so we can all have a look - pleeease!


  1. I'm not because I don't have the time but I think it's a wonderful idea. A great way to motivate ourselves.


  2. I've designed it in my head, but I have zero artistic talent. :( I like yours though.

  3. I so wish I could figure out photoshop just for that reason!

    I like yours!

  4. I am absolutely and completely confident that I have NO BUSINESS trying to make a book cover. I have a fabulous friend who has done several for me, but he is amidst Uni stuff at the moment, so I haven't asked. I did download a pic of my MCs good friend, as I have an image in her head that matches a specific actress (this is also rare for me--usually my visuals are more vague)

    I think you did good!

  5. I'm not even sure what my novel is about yet! My character keeps going in directions that don't seem to go together. I hope she figures it out soon!!

    Maybe some cover art would actually help...

  6. I was thinking of doing that. Sounded like a good way to procrastinate. :)

  7. I love your covers. I've never tried to make a cover for my novel and now I want to give it a go!

    Nooooo....can't...get...distracted! Must...keep...writing!