Another week, and we have another
victim Indy Author arriving at the hallowed steps of the Guild to talk on the subject of covers; the ever thought-provoking, danger-writing, industrial-music-making Sever Bronny, author of The Arinthian Line and Fury of a Rising Dragon.
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Sever Bronny, Legend (The Arinthian Line, book 5)
Latest Work: Burden’s Edge (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 1)
Tell us about your cover. What does it show? Why is this one your favorite?
I chose Legend (The Arinthian Line, book 5) as my favorite of the first series because it’s the one I put most time in, and the one I applied all my best tricks to. It shows a hooded figure coming upon a castle, and there is an abundance of color and subtle blending.
My initial cover concept for the whole series (Arcane, The Arinthian Line, book 1) was a brute force approach (see comparison of all five books and note the evolution). I’d craft a cover concept, screenshot a google images search of the best covers in my genre, and drag and drop my latest cover draft onto the screenshot. I only went forward when I thought I had a cover idea that could compete with the big boys. Mind, that took well over fifty variations, annd the initial published version was still way too dark.
Interestingly, I hired a professional cover designer for my latest work, Burden’s Edge (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 1) and truly wish I had had the courage to hire someone like that in the first place. I can crank something out using the brute force method, but that’s no substitution for someone who loves what they do full time. I learned that the hard way, but won’t be making that mistake again. You can see the difference between an amateur and a professional when you compare my first series covers with Burden’s Edge (Fury of a Rising Dragon, book 1). I got lucky in that my first series took off, but it could have easily ended in disaster. In fact, had I hired a professional, I strongly suspect I would have done that much better. Fellow indies take note.
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The adventures of Sever (the author or the musician) can be followed here: https://severbronny.com/
Legend, Book IV of The Arinthian Line can be brought here.