The downside of finishing a novel is that you then have to have a cover for the damned thing. So it is with Ferrian's Winter.
I've spent a fair bit of time looking at covers and cover designers on Google, but all that really acheived was to make me realise that an awful lot of fantasy books look the same! Certainly, there are some very professional and sleek looking covers out there, and I was seriously considering forking out a few hundred dollars for an expert to make one for me. And I'm sure it would turn out to be fantastic.
But something just feels sort of wrong about the whole thing. I will freely admit that I hate this whole marketeting business. My novel was never meant to be a commercial venture, it was always a personal project. My book isn't like any other fantasy novel out there; it wasn't written for a market, so trying to compete with all these flashy bestseller-wannabe books just doesn't feel right.
So, against all the 'advice' you read about on writing forums and such, I decided to hell with it and had a go at drawing my own cover.
I really want a hand-drawn cover for my book, and I can't find any designers offering this, nor find any designs that match the feel of my story. And doing my own cover feels personal and satisfying. No, it's not like any other cover out there. Maybe it looks amateurish? I don't know. I'm actually fairly pleased with how it turned out. I hope it inspires someone to want to read the book.