Self-publishing: Why I Changed My Cover Design

Self-publishing is hard. Sure, uploading stuff and hitting that publish button is easy, just about anyone can do it. Making sure the thing you are asking people to spend their hard earned money on is as good as it can be is another kettle of fish.

In comparison to many of the current covers, mine looked old fashioned and a worn around the edges. That isn’t a good thing. At first I thought it might have been because everyone was going solo and using Canva (I love Canva, I use it for a lot of my advertising graphics). But then a whole series of classic ghost, horror and creepy stories came out, all with bold colours and vector graphics. Even delightfully twisted authors like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King began sporting vector graphics on their covers. What was going on?

I decided I liked the new trend. To be honest, I much prefer to work with vector images because they are easily scalable, are clear, and can pack a punch. With self-publishing platforms asking for higher and higher resolutions, and Print on Demand turning into Disaster on Demand if your cover is not high quality, vector graphics are the obvious all round solution.

That is why I changed my cover design. It is still based on the inspiration for my original idea, but its simplicity draws the eye and is clearer.

My first collection of dark fiction short stories The Passages of Melton Hall and other stories, is available now for pre-order from Amazon. Click on the image below to check it out.

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