The Passages of Melton Hall and other stories

Another step in the publication process has been ticked off my to-do list. After many iterations, the time has come. The full cover design for The Passages of Melton Hall and other stories is done.

Thanks must go to my family and friends (both in person and through my Facebook page) who gave me feedback. Thanks also to the Fiction Writing group and Writers Helping Writers group on Facebook for the invaluable critiques. The cover was improved greatly because of everyone’s feedback. Who knew fonts could be so polarising?

So without further ado…

passages front and back 5.9.18

I believe it is important for self-published authors to share their trials and tribulations with other writers, particularly those who may be self-publishing for the first time (like me). This does two things:

  1. It shows new authors they are not alone. Nothing is spat out onto the page fully formed and perfect whether it be a cover design or the 1st draft of a novel. Every finished product has gone through dozens of changes, we just don’t normally see them.
  2. By showing others my mistakes or poor choices, I may help new authors avoid them during their own process.

If you are interested in seeing the journey the cover took on its way to finalisation, have a glance below at the failed designs and an explanation.

passages cover evolution

The top three designs were developed straight off the top of my head when I first started to write the collection back in February 2017. I had not done any research into the style required for the horror genre. Had I done the research, I would have saved myself a lot of time.

After I had created the initial designs I did a search on popular horror collections for comparison and realised I was well off the mark. I also read a few articles on cover design so my layout improved. I decided to put the yellow sticker on the front to give people a heads-up about what was inside. However, the feedback I received from my Facebook groups suggested this made it look a bit tacky and designed for children rather than the psychological horror I had written. Besides, my blurb would let people know what was inside so it was redundant. I was also told the font options I’d chosen were either unclear or did not fit the time period for the title story (Victorian era). The shading in the background was also too busy.

I took all this advice on board and realised the points were completely valid, so I changed things and came up with the final iteration you saw initially. It was an excellent learning curve and I feel a lot more confident and knowledgeable regarding cover design. In the final cover, all images are CC0 from Pixabay.

The Passages of Melton Hall and other stories will be available to purchase by the end of 2018.

What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments below.


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