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Working with a Book Cover Designer

Books

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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A Belated Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you enjoyed your holidays and 2014 is off to a great start! I had meant to be blogging a lot more frequently than I have. Shame on me! However, illness and many distractions, both work related and personal, have kept me away in recent months.

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October Updates and the arrival of Autumn at Avalon Graphics

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Autumn is my favorite season and if I  had my way, I’d spend every waking minute of it out in nature enjoying the beauty of it. Alas, not this year as I’ve found myself busier than ever between work and personal matters. And keeping up a blog seems to be something that I simply cannot find the extra time to do either! I very much admire my friends and colleagues who regularly blog despite their busy careers and family lives! How do you do it?!

 

Updates:
I am currently working with several clients on projects ranging from book covers to book trailers to interior map illustrations and marketing materials. And I still feel that I’ve never truly caught up from being offline back in August while moving house. But it is a blessing to be in such high demand these days and I thank all of you who have commissioned me for design services during these busy times.

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Welcome, Joanna Lambert, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!!

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Welcome, Joanna Lambert, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Jo Lambert

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Jo] It’s got to be Honeycomb. It’s great now that ice cream no longer means strawberry, vanilla and chocolate as it did when I was a child. There are so many flavours to choose from but whenever we are in an ice cream parlour and I’m asked what I’d like it has to be honeycomb.

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Welcome, Maggie Craig, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!!

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Welcome, Maggie Craig, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Maggie Craig

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Maggie] As long as it’s real Italian ice cream, vanilla, closely followed by rum and raisin.

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Welcome, Judy Ridgley, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!

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Welcome, Judy Ridgley, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Judy Ridgley

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Judy] FATTENING AND HOMEMADE!

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Welcome, Tamian Wood, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!

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Welcome, Tamian Wood, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Tamian Wood

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Tamian]Strawberry or Raspberry or Blueberry (but only because they don’t make a Mulberry ice cream) Detecting a theme yet?

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Welcome, Pauline Barclay, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!!

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Welcome, Pauline Barclay, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Pauline Barclay

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Pauline] Vanilla and even better if topped with caramel… yum!

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Welcome, David Ebsworth, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!

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Welcome, David Ebsworth, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

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David Ebsworth

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[David]
As it happens, my favourite flavour (UK spellings betray me straight away, huh?) is Apple Pie ice-cream, as served at the heladería Las Dunas in Guardamar del Segura, southern Spain. Eating ice-cream is one of those things that should be done socially – and they do it nowhere better than Las Dunas!

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Welcome, Richard Denning, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!

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Welcome, Richard Denning, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Richard Denning

Richard Denning

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics]  First things first – I have to ask what your favorite ice cream flavor is: [Richard] Raspberry Ripple Continue reading