Sometimes, just when you think you have it all figured out, your intentions get turned completely upside down. That's what happened when I met Jennifer Munswami through a writing Facebook group.
Let me back up. Six weeks ago I contacted an illustrator through their website that I found through a quick google search of "affordable cover artists." Clever, right? Anyway, I generally approved of her work, sent her some concept art pieces, and she got to work on my cover for a grand total of $60.
The piece that she delivered to me weeks later wasn't bad, but it wasn't nearly up to my expectations. I felt as though I had to force myself to like it, which I shouldn't have to do for my own cover art that I was paying for!
The moral of this story is: you get what you pay for. It was around the time that I was finishing up finalizing the cover art that I felt obligated to move ahead with, when Jennifer joined one of the Facebook groups I was in. With the very first post she shared, I fell absolutely in love with her style. Everything was as I pictured my own cover art to be!
I messaged her, asking if she could perhaps edit my current art to look more like her own. Kindly, she messaged back with her honest critique of my current art, with my biggest takeaway being that it looked amateur, something I had known all along, yet was refusing to admit to myself. The word I found myself thinking was that it looked cheap.
And it was! It was only $60 total, and in the world of cover art, that is a great price. But again, you get what you pay for. I knew at that moment that I wanted the cover of my first book to look exceptional, not cheap. I decided then to completely scrap the old art and move ahead with Jennifer as my cover artist. She is scheduled to begin work on the art in January, and I am genuinely excited. I cannot stop talking about Jennifer and her art to all of my friends and family!
For comparison, here is my old cover art.
I will say, her prices are professional grade. But, as I will say a third time, you get what you pay for. I am absolutely willing to invest in a phenomenal piece of cover art, especially when I know it is going to be right in line with my vision! After all, cover art is the first impression new readers have of your book, and I want that impression to be as awe inspiring as possible.
Jennifer manages her own business, J. M. Rising Horse Creations. If you want to see more of her work, simply click the link above, and don't forget to give her Facebook page a like!