Book Cover: Horse Thief

This sort of is a cover for something set in Honduras and features pirates and an old mission.

Book Cover : Moody

After a little sabbatical I decided to work on a cover today – the client wanted moody and dark and sea – I found loads of shots like that which I liked – so did loads.

Racist Book Cover (Well Slightly Racist)

I’m getting increasing annoyed with the official Kindle Direct Publishing boards. It’s very petty and annoying there. So I’m spending more time on the Writer’s Café on Kindle Boards which is non-Amazon affiliated but it seems to have a better class of writer chat on there. Any way, I’m peddling my wares on there too – i.e. cover design. There was a cover someone was working on which I didn’t like because I thought it was a little too racist for my English post-colonial tastes. So I had a mess about with my own version, to see what I could come up with:

Today’s job had some interesting points

Here’s another cover – the client said they wanted loads of text on the cover – so I did what they said. Gave them their three options they’d paid for then. Then I totally disregarded it – and did a simplified option – as in their field on Amazon everyone was filling the cover with lots of marketing speak hyperbole – which I am pretty much against.

This job has highlighted a few important points:

  1. DON’T DILUTE. In Non-fiction, design is always muddied by too many words on a cover. Also the core message is diluted as to what the book is about.
  2. RESEARCH. It’s important to know your market – i.e. I went out and had a look at other Green Smoothie books – to my utter non-surprise – lots of wild claims on their covers. Know your market.
  3. MULTI-COVERS. The client came back and said to me they didn’t know if they liked the simplified version or the more text-heavy version better. And I said to them, “I’ll send them as a high resolution for both of those two. That way … you can try both out – see which gets you the most sales. That’s the beauty of ebooks – you can changes stuff pretty quickly and try out different marketing tactics. I’d be happy to do that for you.” Will I be doing it for all my books – maybe, maybe not because I like the idea of reselling non-used designs. But still it’s worth thinking about. It seems like a smart idea for the client. And I’m all about keeping the client happy.



Book Cover: Fade

Something to do with sexy spies. Iran, Israel and the US – the usually suspects. Each has a sexy woman! The author doesn’t have a sexy cover. The book has adult themes. And this is my grown up version of his cover. It’s just me messing about before I start real work. Real as in paid for book cover design.






Book Cover: Best Served Cold

The client came back with some more ideas – so this is a totally new version of her design. She wanted a city skyline and drawn woman. The client is always right:

Book Cover: Best Served Cold

Another cover, for a novel this time – it’s about a woman that’s thrown over board on her honeymoon cruise by her new husband, ends up getting sold into slavery in Spain, sends 12 year there becoming a top chef and then returns to New York to have her revenge. Or something like that.

Book Cover : Leaving everything to chance!

There was a thread on the KDP Forums today which I couldn’t resist. A few people where having a stab at a guy’s book cover. It’s novel about a man making his way in the 40s – post-war, post-d-day-landing. Something to do with job interviews – etc. So went away and thought – yep, the suit rather than army uniform. The man trying to present himself in a certain way. So I looked for a nice image of a 1940s suit – banged some muted army colours on there – picked a nice font. Ten minutes later we have a nice mood setting cover. You can see the before and the after below. I think this proves you can have quite earthy colour and still make them work.

Book Cover Design: Inspired!

Here’s something I did today.

Book Cover: The Shaman’s Tale

A new book cover I did today for a client. It’s going to be part of series.