Book Cover : Abuse

There was someone searching for stock images on KDP for a story which was about parental abuse – they said they wanted to stand out from the crowd.. Quite a touchy subject. My response was this:

I would be incredibly careful when dealing with such a sensitive subject. “Stand out from the crowd” – seems to be the wrong tone, to my mind. What?! Your abuse is better than someone else’s abuse? A more shocking abuse? *Shudders*

Also, if I was to do a cover I would not use a child’s face – you can look on lots of the stock sites and search for ‘Child Abuse’ and there’s pictures of models (children) – who have signed model release forms. Or their parents have. But I would feel utterly uncomfortable using an image like that.

Take the hypothetical situation of your book really taking off and going ’50 Shades’ big – what sort of life do you think that child model will after such exposure. No, I think the pushy parent that wants their kid to be a stock model / little actress is ‘abuse’ enough.

A good designer will take these things into consideration before they find the perfect – abuse-filled image. And you should too.

There are other way’s of getting across the same feeling strongly.

Here are some ideas I came up with:

Am I breaking my own rules with the first one? I’ll let you decide.


Book Cover: More Babies

There was a new book cover for something to do with babies. My second one so far. The client had specific ideas in mind. There was the idea of the drowning mother or the crying baby where her ideas. And here’s what I came up with.


Book Covers: BrotherHood & RomperSuit

The client had something very specific in mind. And I did as I was told  ….  to a certain extent.


Book Cover: Sage

Here’s a book cover for a manual for Sage 50. I really like the turbo charged one with the engine. It’s sort of gives you a feeling of how much better the software will work once you’ve read the book.

Book Cover: The Eulogy Handbook

Quite a interesting project I had to work on for a client that has a book which gives sound advice on giving a eulogy. Which I guess is hard at the best of times. You can see from my designs I’ve went for a few different styles and tones. But all are meant to be respectful in a way. As the subject matter dictates.