Category Archives: book cover

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!

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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.

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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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Working with a Book Cover Designer

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Every now and again I am approached by a potential new client who knows exactly what they want and basically how the book cover design process works. But more often than not, authors have written their manuscripts and want an attractive cover designed so they can get their new books listed on Amazon and other online book selling outlets, yet have no idea where to start. And most, especially first time authors, do not have any idea whatsoever as to how the book cover design process works or even where to begin. This is not a bad thing – authors write and designers design! Hopefully I can shed some light on the process by offering a few top tips when contacting book cover designers for the first time.

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eBook Cover Design Revealed for Sue Fortin’s ‘United State of Love’

I had re-designed Sue’s eBook cover back in April and it is now available for purchase on Amazon UK HERE. Sue had originally hired me to design the cover for United State of Love back in 2012 and we came up with a good design then. In re-thinking things this year, Sue decided to refine it and go more solidly after her target market. Continue reading

A few of my latest book cover and book trailer designs

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Now available on Amazon US and Amazon UK for your eReader.

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1st November

This month continues to be a busy time for me. My production schedule is full! I have four book covers, two websites and two book trailers on the schedule. I’m working with Pauline Barclay, Helen Hollick, Richard Denning, Renae Lucas-Hall, Tim Vicary and Stephanie Keyes on various projects. Recently I’ve begun contributing to Helen Hollick’s Weather Wise Blog and Deborah Cater has just joined us as well. Take a look!

Fall is definitely here now. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween! It as a quiet evening for us as we do not have any trick or treaters in this area.
Two recent book covers that I completed for Knox Robinson Publishers:

 

Both will be published in 2012.