When I first started working on the book cover for Fogged Up Fairy Tale, I knew it needed to fit the overall theme of the book, and also interest readers. After several polls regarding my book title and cover, I went with my gut feeling and chose the picture and title I felt captured the story.
I started off with a list of titles that I looked up to make sure there weren’t any other books with the same name. Finally a title captured me—I was going to name my book Untangle Me. Perfect! It’s a women’s fiction / chick- lit, and the main character has amnesia, and she struggles to remember the past. While she’s filled in about her life from others, she begins to realize that she wasn’t a good person—she didn’t have the fairy tale marriage.
As I was about to create my book cover, I Googled Untangle Me once more, and to my surprise, someone had published a book on October 1, 2013 with that same title. A romance. I wanted to scream, but instead, my wonderful husband and I went through a list of titles, and when I said Fogged Up Fairy Tale, he pointed and said, "That’s the title. Perfect." So that is how I came up with Fogged Up Fairy Tale.
Instead of going on-line for a picture, I decided to use one of the many photos I had from my travels. I picked several pictures that I felt I could do something with to go with the title and the overall theme. Once I collected some, I experimented in Photoshop with fonts and effects. Here are the original pictures I picked and then manipulated.
This first one was a crooked tree that was up by Castle Doria on the island of Portovenere in Italy.
I manipulated the colors to make them dark and brooding. As much as I loved the picture, I didn’t think it had much to do with the story itself. It didn’t capture the essence of the title or tale.
This next one was a picture from the Rhein Valley. There was fog over a castle, so I thought how fitting for my fairy tale.
I manipulated the picture a few times, but again, it didn’t feel right. It seemed too amateurish to me.
The last picture was the one I picked. It was also taken in the Rhein Valley with the early morning fog.
Photoshop really does help, because I feel I truly captured the title and the story in this picture. I probably could have left it in its original state, but I feel that the cracks and haze symbolize someone dealing with amnesia, and the loop font adds a bit of craziness, which reflects the story.
What do you think?
What is your process in coming up with a title, and book cover?
Titles and Book Covers,