Just finished this cover for my husband’s guitar modes series. It’s one of those projects that’s ongoing on my schedule that I fit in when I’m waiting for a render to finish or waiting for something to finish its upload to Amazon or Dropbox or….
Other projects I’m also working on include a child’s severed head in a specimen jar (for somebody’s book cover), some redo-s of a cover that an author’s fans down-voted, not because the cover wasn’t awesome (44% loved it better), but because 55% prefer a more ominous look.
Another title’s cover is just about done, too, I think. Both the author and I are taking a much needed vacation from looking at it so we can see it from the rinsed perspective that a bit of time can provide. It’s a very good cover, but giving final decisions breathing room is critical.
And, of course, I’ve got some small projects for a couple of other new clients — a Facebook page header and video, a business card, and a cover for a singer’s single release.
So, having been denied entry to a webinar I signed up for because their webinar app doesn’t like some of my peripheral drivers, instead, I built a book cover. I call it Far Eden. Enjoy. …And, yes, I know I’m not showing you a nice large copy of it, but, since photo manipulation software has gotten so sophisticated that nothing protects images from be ripped off except to dump the dpi down to extremely low levels and to keep the display on the web small enough that it’s of no use for applications that require high megapixels like ebook and print book covers, this is what I’m forced to do. Anyway, here it is.
Yes, I’m back in business after a few years’ pause while taking care of Mom. Mom passed on, so, after time to recover myself, I’m back doing graphic work for myself and others. The first book cover I’ve done since reopening is one for Michael Allan Scott which, since he’s released it for preview, I’ll go ahead and show you. There are three book covers, so far, for this series pending release, and they are crime thrillers.
For indie authors, prices range usually $150 – $400 USD. For micro-publishers, the same. All covers are exclusively licensed in perpetuity to the purchaser. I retain copyright and rights to display. For those wishing full copyright transfer and source non-disclosure:
For the budget-minded, I have a few covers available from which you can choose starting at $29 USD (payable through PayPal). [CATALOG LINK PENDING] If you need a custom design, I do conceptual mockups, my own ideas or yours, and provide an estimate on cost. If you do have an idea in mind, send me a description of what you envision. You can also include links to covers similar to what you desire. Either way, in your email, please indicate the book’s genre or cross-genres, any color preferences, your book’s title and byline plus any subtitle or slug you’d like to include on the cover. Also tell me if you prefer serif, sans-serif, script, or decorative font styles. A short synopsis of the book and, if fiction, descriptions of the main characters and any significant elements, events, theme, or symbolism would also help.
Concept art as well as performing artist work. Any photos you provide must be high quality. Email for upload instructions. (I use Dropbox for file transfer).
UPDATE 2019: What was true when I posted this in 2016 no longer applies. Now, because of changes in the market, self-published authors want their covers to look as professional as possible, though, I admit, there are still a few who stand by their guns of wanting the look less than polished.
As many of you know, along with being a professional graphic artist and designer, I’m also an author. I’m friends with quite a few authors. Many of these authors now self-publish and often ask me what I think of this or another cover.
It’s a real disadvantage that I don’t lie well. It’s a huge disadvantage that I do art for a living. Both problems get me into difficult predicaments when I’m asked for feedback on self-made or custom-made covers, especially the self-made ones.
For some reason, self-publishing authors want to create their own covers. While they might grudgingly let someone else do it, secretly, they want to create the whole package themselves. As an author, I understand that; as a professional graphic artist, I’m trepidatious. Here’s why:
- Emotionally, you’re too close to the project;
- You may not have the necessary skills to effectively pull it off.
There is a bigger problem I face as a professional graphic artist doing book covers for self-publishing authors, and small publishers or micro-presses: The client wants it to look unpolished, less than professional. This might sound nuts, but, as one author pointed out, it has to do with stigma–they don’t want to be associated with traditional publishing, so the covers have to look a little less polished. Okay. And we oblige. Usually, that means changing the font, some balance, adjusting the levels, and moving to a different color palette. And that’s about the only difference. In fact, color palette and skilled use of levels are usually the most significant factors that prove the difference between polished and professional-looking versus amateur.
And, no, sorry, I can’t give you any examples, because that would just get a whole bunch of folks angry at me. 😀