What are your thoughts on buying a book cover before writing the first draft?
I was thinking about doing a series with my debut story but the problem is the plot won't be connected, it would have been a series connected by series title only, and maybe location, but I don't really have one planned.jaglionpress said:I've sprung for premades on sale once or twice, when the relevant books were rough drafts or partial drafts. I added a couple of references to jellyfish to one book (Seeking The Quantum Tree) because there were jellyfish on a premade cover that otherwise felt like a good fit for the story. But those premades were very good deals, and I was very sure of the titles I wanted. Keep in mind that if you're planning on doing a series, you have to think about what kind of covers would look good as companions to the one you just bought.
I've also done cover mockups or fan art during or before writing, usually before, but that process hasn't produced anything I was willing to put out in public.
Basically if you're sure of your title, sure of your ability to finish the book, and you see something that's heavily discounted and visually just perfect, go for it.
I bought a couple of sci-fi western premades a couple of years ago, very inexpensively, because I thought they looked cool and it was a genre I wanted to play with at some point, but haven't done anything with those.