ImageWhen I want to buy a book the first thing that catches my eyes are the covers. The book might be great but without hooking covers I probably don’t give it a second look. I’ve also seen some reviews saying: “Don’t judge the book by its cover. The story was great but the cover…well, not so much”. Not a nice thing to hear, right? But how do you create covers that don’t cost a fortune but will hook the readers’ eyes? I used to pick my cover pics from iStockphoto and asked the designer to mix them, until I found one of my favorite pics on the cover of another author’s book. YAIKS!!! I was in panic. The best I could hope was that some of her readers would mix me with that very famous author and the worse scenario was to assume that some thought I had copied her cover and that was so not the case. We were just using the same place to buy our cover pics. I decided in that second that I would not use the much-used-everyone-can-buy-cover-model-pics ever again. I needed some of their background pics though, and couldn’t give up on them but the models…well that was another thing. But what then? I didn’t know any mouthwateringly handsome guys with six packs or breathtakingly beautiful girls…or that’s what I thought.

I started to ask around and the answer was closer than I thought. My dear friend offered her brother to my upcoming vampire book, my sister instantly said yes, when I asked if I could borrow her son to one of my shape shifter book and my neighbor suggested her son’s friend to the cover of my witch book. I was stunned. Just like that I had models for three upcoming books and what’s more important, I knew without a doubt that those covers would be unique.

So, I organized a photo shoot and my very talented daughter, Iida, took hundreds of photos of this young beautiful girl . I was very lucky as the model was very photogenic and it only took about half an hour to get the right picture. After that I sent the pics to the cover designer (No, I’m not so talented that I could create my own covers so, yes, I use someone who is. However, I always have a very clear vision of what kind of covers I want and of course I always have the final word).

This time it only took two tries before we both were happy with the cover. Sometimes it takes months to create a cover that will satisfy us both, but this time we were lucky. So here you go. I hope you like it!

Oh, and by the way, I took the cover pic of my book CLUB NUMBER FIVE with my iPhone. It’s two doors mixed together and they’re both in a same narrow, hidden alley in London…but I bet you can never guess which alley!


About jenniferloiske

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She is a pre-school teacher by profession but she stayed at home when her youngest daughter suffered brain fever, which developed severe epilepsy in 2004. She is a workaholic Teen/Young Adult author, who loves dark fantasy, teen movies, chips and candies and warm sunny days. She’s also very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. As a huge fan of dark novels Jennifer's bookshelf is full of books from L.J. Smith, Alyson Noel, Stephanie Meyer, Chloe Neill, Michelle Rowen, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Amanda Hocking and Lauren Kate. She’s also a huge fan of music from Evanescence, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, OneRepublic and Disturbed. But her hunger for music is endless and depend on what mood she’s in or what kind of book she’s working on. She can be pretty much an omnivore when it comes to music.
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  1. Amy Jones says:

    Great advice! I never thought about doing that! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Lisa says:

    As a graphic designer, I realize the problem with using too popular a stock photo.

    I am hoping to review Immenience in a week or so. I have finished and love it. I can’t wait to read some of your other work! I have a few books I have finished and hope to get reviews published on

    • I’m so glad you loved it. It was my first so it will always have a special place in my heart. You might also like Club Number Five. It’s totally different from Imminence but if it’s not wrong to say…it’s my favorite so far 🙂

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