General Book Stuff, Writing

Muse Monday: Playing with Pictures

I recently discovered how much I enjoy playing with pictures. By this, I mean that I take an image that I find (for free use, or use with attribution) and work with it to make it what I want.

I started doing this for Facebook posts. I was posting daily scripture verses as my status every day after my daily Bible study, and I realized how boring that must have been for most people – to just see a text verse up on the screen. People like pictures. That’s a fact. So I thought it would be so cool if I could incorporate the scriptures with some awesome pictures…And I set about doing so. Here are a few examples:

This actually wasn’t made from an image I got from Google. It was made by using and editing the Quozio image with








And, since I’m a writer, I thought about how cool it would be if I applied my new found knowledge to my own book covers. I’d been using the free Amazon covers, and I just wasn’t that thrilled with them.

Like it or not, covers sell books – even Kindle books. I’m a reader as well as a writer, so I know this to be true in my own selecting of reading material. You CAN judge a book by its cover…and people do. So…I started toying with free online images that I thought were relevant to my books.

These are easily accessible by doing a Google search for images and then clicking on the little tool icon up in the right hand corner of the screen. You just select “Advanced search” from the drop down menu and then change the usage rights to “free to use, share, or modify, even commercially”.  Especially in my case, I know I’m going to try to be selling these books, and I know I’m most likely going to be editing the images I find.

It took me about a day or so of finding the images and fixing them to meet my own tastes, but I finally came up with I thought were fantastic covers for my already published books and my WIPs. Here they are, in their full glory:

I’ve posted this one before, but I just couldn’t resist sharing it again. I love it so much! 🙂











And, by now, I’m sure you’re wondering how all this is supposed to help you spark your own creativity (or maybe you already have guessed).

If you’re an author, the sky is the limit when it comes to publishing these days. Self-publishing is easier and more popular than ever before. If you have made the decision to try and publish your own books (as I have), you can make your own book covers too.

Just think of how much money you’ll save! Not to mention how much better your own cover creations will look than Amazon’s free cover offerings…

I also believe that having your own cover image in front of you as you are writing will help you through the writing process. You’ll have a constant reminder of where you want your story to go and how you’re planning on getting there. And the writing comes so much easier (I think) when you have an idea of where it’s headed.

What do you all think? Have you tried coming up with your own covers before? Care to share some examples? Leave a link in the comments.

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