This blog is actually a two-fer because two topics have popped up:
1. Where do you get your cover art?
2. Are you a writer or an author?
First, cover art.
As part of "winning" NaNoWriMo, if I get my act together, I can print out a free proof of my novel from CreateSpace. This is all well and good, and the lure of having my novel on my bookshelf is enticing. But I'm starting to stress over making the front and back cover.
I have no intentions of selling my book online or to the masses. (Yes, all of you = the masses.) But I don't want a sterile white cover, either.
Have any of you had to mock up your own cover art? Do you use creative commons images or are you one of those savvy artistic writers who can whip something up in InDesign?
I would love to hear any tips or tricks you've picked up along the way. I'm not artistically-inclined and would love to Google "perfect image for my book" and find the answer, but that's not how this works.
Second topic: Do you consider yourself a writer or an author?
This is by no means a new question, but I saw Rachael Harrie touched on when you call yourself a "Writer" today in her blog and I wanted to provide my answers and maybe get some other views.
To me, I am a writer. I write stories, poems, emails, etc. But I am not an author--yet. In my mind, an author implies "arrival." It means I've created something for sale and I am an established, professional writer.
CAVEAT: If you call yourself a writer, an author, or the Queen Mum, I'm not judging you. This is just my attempt to discern between the two words.