All of my cov­ers have been designed by one of my daugh­ters while she was gross­ly under­em­ployed. For­tu­nate­ly for her, that is no longer the case. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for me, I have to rethink cov­ers. I want to go GREAT. I want to go PROFESSIONAL. I want to go with a cov­er that says, “BUY ME!” So, of course, I’ve asked a pro whose cov­ers are strik­ing and ver­setile to design the cov­er of my upcom­ing mystery.

In the mean­time, I’ve been writ­ing  a cou­ple of short sto­ries that I intend to offer for free—to fur­ther encour­age read­ers to buy my new mys­tery. So I’ve been did­dling with I have used it to make a small design to put on Twit­ter, pro­mot­ing one of my books. (Don’t know if it actu­al­ly works, but…it looks good.) I’ve tried a lot of dif­fer­ent designs using a vari­ety of free and per­son­al pho­tos. This is what I’ve come up with so far.


Deserter cover 2Tell me, what do you think? Good enough? Or not.


Covers — 8 Comments

  1. I like then Nor­ma, but when it comes to using things like short stories…other works of yours…to pro­mote your books, the cov­ers need to be sim­i­lar to your mystery. 

    I’m assum­ing Hid­den Body is also some­thing you designed and are giv­ing away.

    You did a great job design­ing them. I love can­va. I’m new to it, but it’s amaz­ing what you can do when you take a lit­tle time and fid­dle a little. 🙂

    susan meier

  2. I agree with Susan about the need for a brand. The font and place­ment for your name on these is the same and the amount of col­ored space above and below the pic­tures, but oth­er­wise they don’t stand out as some­thing that’s “Nor­ma Huss.” I looked at your books online and see a real­ly dif­fer­ent look for the Jo Durbin book. (My free short sto­ry has a dif­fer­ent type of pic­ture but the same fonts and place­ment of my name–a sim­i­lar design over­all as my series cov­ers.) While these have good pho­tog­ra­phy, I don’t know that they quite work for mar­ket­ing pur­pos­es. Not that I’m an expert. I try to learn from my cov­er designer. 🙂

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