In other news. I am going to self-pub my book Tough Girl. If you'd like to find out more about the main character, please click here. Basic synopsis:
Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving and raising herself. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
I was going to hire someone to do the cover. I may still, there's a lot to convey in an image and I've seen some pretty killer covers out there. I wouldn't mind having one myself. But I couldn't resist trying to make my own. I used to do some graphic work but I would never claim to be good at it.
I bought a few images from Dreamstime. I recommend Dreamstime, their prices and licensees are pretty fair. I found an awesome image of a girl that looked like Reggie. In the picture, her hair was wet and she was screaming. You can barely tell her hair is wet in the covers, but that's not very important. I then bought a background and a picture of octopus tentacles (which you can barely notice in any of the covers). I'm going to throw a few versions up here. If you have time and the inclination: Which do you like? Which do you hate? What color schemes work for you? I'll tell you my favorite at the end. Also, these still need some work, some smoothing out and cropping. The numbers for the covers are found in the captions.
|Tough Girl Cover 1|
|Tough Girl Cover 2|
|Tough Girl Cover 3|
|Tough Girl Cover 4|
|Tough Girl Cover 5|
|Tough Girl Cover 6|
So, not to sway you, but five and six are my favorites. There's something comic-bookish about Reggie's dream world, so the image fits the tone. I also feel like there's something dream-like or blurred between dream and reality, which is where Reggie spends most of her time. I'm a sucker for purple so of course I'm drawn to this. Also, the story has some dark qualities. What do you think, or do you hate them all?
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