It’s heeeeere! I give you the cover reveal of The Space Pirate’s Captive!
Okay, so for those of you who don’t know, I make all of my own book covers. It began way back in 2014 with Scandal. I don’t know if it started because I have control-freak tendencies and wanted everything to be perfect, if I’m a cheapskate and didn’t want to pay someone for something I could probably figure out on my own, or if I was always destined for a life of graphic art.
(Side note: my primary source of income now comes from my graphic design skills. I run an Etsy shop that sells bookmarks and other bookish goods!)
Fast forward to today and my photoshop skills have come a long way. I went into this design with a concept for how I wanted the cover to look, and because of that, it only took me a couple of hours to finish it and actually be happy with the way it turned out.
Obviously I wanted it to be futuristic and representative of the content, so it’s a little dark, a little high-tech, and hopefully it will snag a reader’s eye and make them want to take a look at the blurb.
Speaking of which. Since this book is being released in episode format, with shorter installments, I kept the blurb equally sparse:
“As a bioengineered soldier, I should have fought the aliens when they attacked our ship. Instead, I was forced to guard a bunch of brainiac scientists. And by guard, I mean babysit. Now the rest of my unit is dead, and I’m an alien captive. I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that I’m about to be auctioned off to the highest bidder or that I’m inexplicably drawn to the big, half-cyborg warrior bidding for me.”
Now, about that title. You’re probably like, really, The Space Pirate’s Captive? You couldn’t come up with something a bit more creative than that?
The answer to that question is yes, I probably could have, but I’ve been doing a lot of market research lately, and romance books with titles that clearly describe what readers will find inside of them tend to do better than books with vague but pretty titles. As much as I’d love to live the life of a vagrant, penniless artist, I have a mortgage to pay, lol. Plus, I low-key love a campy title and always wanted to have one, so here we are!
I’ve been posting chapters of this gem over on the Radish Fiction app, but patrons can read each installment early through my Patreon page. I do plan to publish them here, eventually, but I’m not entirely sure about the timing of that yet, so stay tuned.