Two dear authors friends, Rebecca Nolan and Emily Joyner, and I have been talking about Wattpad on and off for a few months. I wanted to post chapters of Black Legacy on the site to get some feedback and, hopefully, build a following. Before I did this, I needed book cover art. The thought frightened me. I didn't have the right software, the knowledge or experience to use the software, or know where to go to get the images. There are pre-made book covers on Wattpad that are no more than a picture of a tree or some other trivial object. Book covers are the first thing readers see. It should catch the eye and relate to the book. I wanted my book cover to have all this and more.
Completely forgotten to me, my husband told me we had Photoshop and that I could probably use it to make the cover. After I confirmed that we indeed had the software--even though it was an older version--I spent hours and days scanning the internet for images. I settled on a few and spent four more hours trying to get them to overlap properly. My computer kept freezing, which made the process frustrating to say the least. In the end, I created a mediocre book cover.
Minutes later, I was chatting with Emily and Rebecca. Have I mentioned that they are two of a few of my biggest cheerleaders? Among other talents, Emily makes beautiful books covers. We had spoke about Black Legacy's cover but it wasn't until that moment that she got inspiration for the right combination. Ten minutes later, she presented me with my book cover.
And what a cover it is!
So I don't have a big build up for the cover or a slue of bloggers sharing it. I do, however, think it is amazing and hope you like it too. Without further delay, I present Emily Joyner's creation for my novel, Black Legacy.