How Great Covers Can Help You Transition From Traditional to Indie Publishing

Posted on Mar 2, 2016

So, your book was traditionally published. You had a professional editor help you to make it awesome, and a professional designer create your cover. Now the rights for that book have reverted back to you and you’re considering self publishing. While you have the rights to the book itself, you almost certainly don’t have the […]

How to Chop Heads Off (for your book cover)

Posted on Feb 17, 2016

  Book covers with photos where the heads are cropped off are quite popular. There’s a lot of advantages to them, it gives the reader room to imagine what the character looks like and makes it easer to choose a photo that might not be a perfect match. On the other hand I know a lot […]

Should I Invest in a Cover Designer, or Just Buy Photoshop?

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

  My dear author friends, I know that some of you are thinking this. You look at the cost of a cover designer and wince. And it’s not just a one time cost, oh no, you have to pay for every book you put out in your career. I mean, Photoshop is an investment, no question, but […]

Merry Kisses: A Cover Design Process

Posted on Oct 21, 2015

Merry Kisses is the fifth and final book in Valerie Comer’s Riverbend Romance Series of Novellas. The series branding includes the header and footer graphics that evoke a rivery feeling, and hand lettered titles over photos of couples holding hands. And I just have to brag that I came up with the title during one of our […]

Tools of a Cover Designer’s Trade: Photography Gear

Posted on Oct 7, 2015

This is my first post in a series about the tools I use to create custom book covers for indie authors. I’m starting out with my photography gear because that’s the first step in creating all my book covers. Some of my covers use the custom photography directly, and for some projects I take a […]

Cover Process: Shop Another Day

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

Here’s how I created the illustrated book cover for the cozy mystery novel Shop Another Day by Kelly McClymer: I took the reference photo at the same time as the photo for The Mall is Not Enough and had a small photo bombing princess make her way into my shot. My kids are always very curious […]