I guess I know what I’m doing, after all. Out of curiosity, I submitted Cross-Country‘s cover to the Book Designer, a well-thought-of blog which holds an exhibition of covers for indie-published books with commentary every month, with the following explanation: “The
photo is one I took, on the travels that inspired the book. The dark is pulled from the color of the road. I’m strictly an amateur cover
designer, for my own books only because I don’t have a lot of money to invest, but I’d like to know what you think of this one.”
And he liked it. His exact words were, “Simple but effective, showing that even with some carefully chosen elements, non-designers can create workable ebook covers.”
Maybe “workable” isn’t the highest praise, but I think “simple but
effective” is very nice.
Anyway, here’s Cross-Country‘s cover, for you to decide yourselves. Do you like it? Does it make you curious?