Um... yeah, soooo... what was I saying?
Oh! Yeah. I am vera excited. LC Chase. Boat floating, sock rocking, book cover making, LC Chase. W00T!
Let us begin. Shall we?
Doooo lets. :D
Amara: Hi LC. *smiles* Welcome to my Place. Make yourself comfortable darlin’. Thanks so much for coming and haning out for a bit.
LC: Thanks, Amara. I have to say, I’m excited about hanging out with you. :-)
Amara: So, LC m’dear, I didn’t realize you made book covers. That is so cool. How long have you been doing those?
LC: I’ve actually worked in graphic design in the publishing area for a long time. I started out with magazines. Focusing on fiction book cover design however, less than a year.
Amara: How did you get started?
LC: I owe it all to Josh Lanyon (Thank you, Josh!) and word of mouth. Earlier this year, Josh held a contest on his blog for his readers to design a cover for his re-release of In a Dark Wood. Of course, I had to enter. Hello, Fanyon here. *g* After my cover was chosen and started to make the rounds, people started contacting me, asking if I’d design a cover for them. And then when Riptide was getting off the ground, Rachel invited me on board.
Amara: Awesome. So...how does this work? I mean… how do you go about deciding what a book cover should be, or have on it? What inspires you?
LC: A mood or tone is usually one of the first things to kick off my inspiration. But what should be on the cover, that’s discussed first with the author – what elements are prominent in the story, what the theme of the story is (paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, etc.), physical descriptions of the main characters, etc. I also like authors to give me a few samples of covers they like because ultimately, it’s their cover and I want them to be proud to show it off.
Amara: How long does it take to make a book cover?
LC: Depends how involved it is, how many elements are included, etc. I usually spend at least an hour or two searching for the perfect images to begin with. Once I have the images sorted its time to work out the composition and then choose fonts, colors and effects to complement. The initial design can take anywhere from three to four hours or upwards of 10+, then however long it takes after that to tweak it until the author/publisher is happy.
Amara: I'm curious, do you use stock photos? Make your own artwork?
LC: I use stock photos, my own photos, and I sometimes contact photographers directly. I have done some of my own artwork for small elements, like in the Riptide books; we often use a little graphic as markers for scene breaks. I have purchased the software to start digital painting, but it will be a while yet until I’m confident enough with that skill set to offer it as an option.
Amara: Digital painting is fun. :D Who decides what the final cover looks like? What’s the process for that?
LC: The final okay on a cover is up to the author or publisher. If I’m doing work for an author who is self-publishing, I make suggestions as we go, but they have final say. So far, the only publisher I do covers for is Riptide and the process is pretty much the same, though the mock ups go through approval with them first, then to the authors to choose/tweak the final.
LC: That’s a toughie. All of them. *g* I don’t like to put anything out there until I’m happy with it first, but I guess my fave faves would have to be A Chip in His Shoulder, Be My Boy, Wanting, and the new Dangerous Ground series covers. And of course, In a Dark Wood. That one will always have a special place.
Amara: Oh, I love A Chip in His Shoulder. love Love LOVE. *whispers* I want to lick that guy. Ok, now... how in the world do you find the time to make book covers AND write books too?
LC: Uh…I’m tired a lot. ;-) Really though, it has been a big lesson in time management and self-discipline. When I get involved in a project it’s very easy for me to completely lose track of time. The stomach starts growling non-stop and I realize I should have had lunch three hours ago, or I suddenly feel tired and realize its 2am – and I have to get up at 6am for the EDJ. I got myself a new watch that chimes every hour to help keep myself in check.
Amara: That’s all so cool to me. *grins* Maybe I should start calling you Super LC *winks*
LC: LOL I actually have a red cape in my closet. ;-)
Amara: Ha! Of course you do! *grins*
Thanks for coming by to tell me about making your cool bookcovers. That just totally rocks.
LC: Thanks again for having me, Amara. It’s been fun, and your place rocks! :-)
Amara: heehee, that was fun. :D
To check out more of LC's uber awesome book covers, go see the gallery here. It's totally cool. Seriously.
So what do you think? LC gives good cover yeah?