Tag Archives: book cover 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

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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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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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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October Updates and the arrival of Autumn at Avalon Graphics

Autumn photo

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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A few of my latest book cover and book trailer designs

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

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Fall/Winter 2012

I’ve had a very busy second half of this year, so I’ve fallen behind in blogging! Often I think of some really cool topics to write about, but never seem to find the time to do it.

However, work has been very plentiful, so below are some recent completed projects:

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Midway through July! More completed work to share….

I have a couple more book covers and a trailer to share:

First up, trailer for Linda Dent Mitchell’s Oribliss Castle Series:

I must thank Bronwen Harrison (of Lumina Music) once again for another fantastic soundtrack!