The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

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February 1st question – If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

Jayden: I’ve designed all of my own covers.

From left to right, in the order I designed them. The first novel I published, Slave, I took off the market. It needs some editing just because I’ve learned a lot in the years since I published it. I also have different feelings about the title, but since the main character is only ever given that name (in a kink context), it would require a total rewrite. But, fun fact, the person on that cover is me.

The sneakers on Runaway are also mine. (In retrospect, at least when it’s small, it’s hard to read the “A choose your own erotic novel by” part.

The last one is also a picture I took. The rest were ones I purchased online.

I have a minimal amount of graphic design knowledge, and since I’m just publishing for fun, I’ve decided that although the covers would be better done by a professional, they’re fine for my <$5 novels. My first pinned post has the purchase links for all available books if you’re interested.

What makes a good book cover for you?

5 thoughts on “The Insecure Writer’s Support Group #IWSG

  1. Hi,
    Your covers are engaging. They let the reader know what they are about to purchase. I like that.
    I don’t make my covers but I have a definite picture of how they should be designed.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem

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  2. Hey if you are using your own photos, you can an online design tool like or to spruce up your titles and other text. You can do a lot with the free version; I use it for mock-ups and marketing material all the time.

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