Your Book’s Cover Needs to Be More Targeted Than You Think

Posted on May 4, 2016

This morning I read a fantastic article about book cover design. You can (and should) read the whole article over at Digital Book World but here’s the gist of it: Jellybooks does analytics testing for book publishers where readers can choose ARCs to read in exchange for allowing Jellybooks to track their reading data. So […]

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 […]

Does my book need to be finished before I hire a cover designer?

Posted on Dec 2, 2015

No, my author friends. You don’t need to have your book finished before you hire your cover designer. Wait, what? You are assuming that we will need to read the book in order to create your cover. Let me clear something up for you. Your cover designer is not going to read your book. Don’t […]

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 […]

How to Keep a Cover Designer for Every Book in Your Series

Posted on Sep 30, 2015

Writing in a series is a great way for indie authors to develop a solid reader base. Of course you want all the books in your series to match so that readers can tell that they belong together, but how can you make sure that the cover designer you choose for the first book will […]

How Much Should I Invest in a Cover for a Short Story or Novella?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015

Recently in a writing group I’m a part of on Facebook, someone asked about covers for a short story. They wanted to start posting some shorter fiction to Amazon but were unsure of how much they should spend on publishing it. I had a gut reaction, but sat down to think it through before I […]

5 Tips for Choosing an Illustrator for Your Indie Book Cover

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Last week I gave you some reasons to choose an illustrator for your indie book cover, but how do you find someone talented and trustworthy? 1) Find an illustrator who specializes in book covers  I hear a lot of people asking where to find an artist and people will say “look on deviantart!”. This is […]

Three Reasons to Choose an Illustrated Cover for Your Indie Book

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

As an illustrator specializing in book covers, I’m always very excited to see a beautifully illustrated cover. They’re more common in traditional publishing than indie, partly because of the price point. You just can’t get an illustrated cover for the same price as a stock photo. Price, however, should never be your determining factor in […]

5 reasons Why Walking Daily Will Make You a Better Writer

Posted on Aug 19, 2015

A year and a half ago I started walking daily. I’ve had some health issues after having kids and my research led me to bio-mechanist Katy Bowman’s work on alignment and natural movement. I switched to minimalist footwear and started a daily walking habit. I did it for my physical health, but I was amazed […]

A Contract for Indie Book Designers

Posted on Aug 5, 2015

When I started out as a freelancer, I didn’t know anything about contracts. I just accepted whatever contracts I was given, or didn’t sign anything and hoped for the best. Sometimes it worked out, and sometimes I got taken advantage of. It was all part of my learning experience, and in the end I was […]