I’d like to start off by saying I have nearly 28 images I saved for possible book covers for Finding Fiona. My husband probably has 5-10. I’m showing you just a few.
First, I requested one from the lovely Fena Lee. I wanted to see what she came up with, and I assured her that if I used the cover for my ebook, I’d compensate her. She made me this:
Now, I really liked the picture (found here), but to me, this didn’t really say “Science Fiction/Adventure.” It seemed more literary to me. My husband took the picture and made this cover:
But we essentially had the same problem. It didn’t fit with the genre. Some people on Critique Circle forums suggest a superimposed face. They liked the fire image, but it needed more.
I played around with some models (found the stock photo on deviantart):
To a few people, the model seemed too complacent, not like she was a character in a story where her life is in danger. So, I found a new model from a stock photo I downloaded from istockphoto.com. The model looked a bit older, but when combined with the fire, she had the appearance of looking younger.
I really liked this model, but I also loved, loved, loved the book cover for The Venom of Vipers by K.C. May. I wanted the full face on the book cover. Well, I tried a few times to get the face to look good with the fire, but I finally handed it over to my husband and told him what I wanted. He flexed his mad skills with Photoshop, and gave me this gem:
Now, he gave me another book cover that looked almost exactly the same, but I asked him to increase the contrast to make the colors more extreme. I considered having “Fiona” bold instead of “Finding”, but “Finding” won. And now this is the official book cover! The only thing I might change: I may add a caption or a quote from a review along the top.
That’s how the cover for Finding Fiona developed. There were many more drafts, but these are the non-embarrassing ones 😉