So, I was trying to hold off on making this post until I could ask the person who made my cover for my NaNo Novel this year for permission to post here. However, they aren’t getting back to me, so I’m going to go ahead and to this post. Don’t be surprised if another one pops up with the picture though, because I really like it.
Anyway, when you’re on the NaNo site, they give you the option to add a novel cover to your profile. They even tell you that you’re more likely to complete your 50k race with a cover. I can honestly say that there is probably some truth to that. I know for a fact that if I get a good cover and then use it for my computer background, or even at the top of my document… I don’t know, it makes me feel more official, and more like my novel is really going to amount to something.
I know that not everyone feels like they can make their own cover… but you’re wrong. There are programs out there that help you to do it.
- Canva can help you to have really nice looking covers, and it’s pretty much a click and drag kind of program. There’s no difficulty to it, and as long as you use the free images, you’re able to download your cover for free.
- If you’re feeling a little creative yourself, you can always make your own cover using Free Stock Photos, which gives you creative liberty to make whatever you want.
- If you don’t think that you can make your own cover, you can always go to the NaNo Artisans section of the NaNoWriMo forums. There are dozens of people there more than willing to make covers for your novel. They’re talented and very pleasant to work with!
- Talk to your friends. You’d be surprised as to how many of them are artistically inclined. If they know what they’re doing, making you a cover photo will only take them a few minutes, and then you’ll get to feel official.
The most important thing in this process is to make sure that you have the rights to use your cover photo content! Free stock images are the way to go with this! However, whatever you choose to do, just make sure that you have fun with it and it gives you a sense of accomplishment. I know that seeing my cover for my novel last year made me feel very nice and official. I created it with free stock images and a little bit of photoshop! I will leave you with an image of my novel cover from last year and good wishes for your NaNo endeavors.
Until next time, keep reading and writing!