Author Archives: Cathy Helms

About Cathy Helms

Graphic Designer

Timing is Everything in the Publishing Business

So you have written a book, or formed a new company, or want to revamp your identity/brand as an author…fantastic! Congratulations on writing your masterpiece. No doubt it took you several laborious months (or even years) to write, edit and edit again until now you are ready to share your literature with the world. So what now? You need some professional help if you want your book to look its best, right?

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A Fantastic Opportunity – Designing for Nine Top Authors!

1066 Turned Upside Down Book Cover Facebook

Facebook Banner designed for 1066 Turned Upside Down

What a brilliant opportunity!

I was approached by authors Helen Hollick and Joanna Courtney about a new project they were working on – an eBook collection of short stories from several talented and award winning authors. The 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings is this calendar year, so the authors have come together to celebrate by writing nine stories of alternative history. What if Harold had won the battle? So many options for the writers to play with and what an exciting project! I was honored to be asked to design the cover for such a prestigious group. The official blog for the project is HERE and you can find the page on Facebook HERE. Continue reading

I have been interviewed for indieBRAG!

It was a true pleasure to be interviewed by Stephanie Moore Hopkins for indieBRAG this week. Please have a look at the interview on the indieBRAG site HERE. I talk about my process as a book cover designer and how I got my start in design.

Book cover design

April Design Special ~ Attention Authors!

For the month of April, I’m running a special rate to design custom web use advertisements for authors: $35 (£28) per graphic.

Please contact me if you would like to purchase one of my custom graphics to advertise your book(s) on your blog|website|social media!

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Elements that inspire me to create

Most importantly, I must have a good mash up playing while I design. Currently my playlist includes a newly discovered artist from Nashville, Tennessee – Ruelle. She’s fabulous. I am also addicted to Adele‘s latest album, so many of those tracks are on my playlist as well. My playlist changes as I discover new artists and/or songs and as I get nostalgic for older tracks in my collection. Most of the time the songs lift my mood or place my mind in the right comfort zone in order to let my creative juices flow.

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I’ve been interviewed!

News

Just a couple of quick things, my lovely friend (and client!) Jo Lambert has interviewed me this week. Please visit her blog to read what I had to say HERE.

And another longtime client and close friend gave me a nod in her Tuesday Talk blog as well, please visit Helen Hollick‘s blog HERE.

Avalon Graphics LLC

Happy Holidays from Avalon Graphics!

2014-Happy-HolidaysI wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2014 RONE Award Winner for Cover Design!

2014 RONE AwardsI am delighted and humbled to announce that I’ve won an award for book cover design in this years’ RONE Awards!

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News – Lack of Availability During the Month of July – Moving House!

Head’s up! Avalon Graphics is moving!

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Technical Difficulties

Greetings Visitors and Friends. During a particularly busy time here at Avalon Graphics, I have suffered a computer failure and thus I am forced to close down production on all work until I can resolve the issue or replace my design computer. Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed within a week, and I apologize for any lag in email responses in the meantime. For those of you whom I’m either currently working with or scheduled to begin working with shortly, I will remain in touch and do my best to keep to promised deadlines.

Thank  you for your patience during this difficult time.