Category Archives: design

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

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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Featured Artist: Matt Wisniewski

I found Matt’s work recently on tumblr and thought I’d share here.

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Most Common Question…………

I am often asked about my process in designing book jackets and my initial response goes something like this: each project is unique and it ‘depends….’  A vague answer, I’m afraid. *laughs* I first ask the client about their manuscript, then make inquiries about favorite colors, other book covers that they favor and if they have any specific elements they’d like to see on the cover.
Then I begin my concepts (in Photoshop, not by hand which usually surprises folks) based on the client’s input and largely on my own gut instinct after interacting with the client. I like to work directly with the client in developing a cover design that truly speaks to them and represents the story that they are telling within the pages of their book. While my education taught me the ‘rules’ of formal graphic design, I often step outside that box and go for something more unique. Not all publishing houses allow my sort of free styling in book cover design, but I certainly push that envelope!
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