Every good book needs a good cover. And an appropriate cover. It took me about six weeks to find the right image for The Girl with the Cat Tattoo. I got up in the morning and began searching. And I was still searching late into the night. That's how important the right cover is. When I came across the image for The Girl, I knew it was right. You go through a lot of images that might be okay, that might do, but when you stumble upon the perfect one... you know immediately.
My daughter has done many of my covers, but she was unavailable for this one. I thought I might go it on my own, and I created some mockup covers.
My mockups were okay, but still not quite right. I knew I needed a professional touch to tweak it. I found fonts I wanted to use, and sent them to a cover designer.
Here is the final cover:
It's not hugely different, but it has more of a finished quality to it. I kind of prefer the clarity of my cover, but overall the second one is better. What do you think? One or two?