Need help with cover design? Check out these peeps…

Indie writers, we all know how insane it can be trying to find good covers for a book. We’ve done our research and scoped out benchmarks, figured out what we like and what we hate. Now we need to find people who can help us make our cover dreams realities. In my search good cover designs, I’ve found (on my own and with the help of fellow authors) great designers and now I’m sharing that info with you.

Custom or Pre-made?

Cover designed by Cover It! Designs

Cover designed by Cover It! Designs

If you’re not sure which option is best, you should check out designers who offer both. Cover It! Designs and Go On Write give you this flexibility. They have great pre-made covers to choose from. If none of them strike your fancy, then both offer affordable custom cover packages for ebooks, print books and promotional material.

I’ve already worked with Go On Write and been very pleased with the quick turnaround and flexibility. The gorgeous cover of Choose Me, the collection of short stories I’m finishing up and which I shared with you last week, is a Go On Write creation and I love it!

Author Ada Slowe has worked with Cover It! Designs and recommends them highly. The cover of her upcoming novel, The Power of Love, is atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful in my opinion.

 

Only Interested in Custom? 

Then you can try Design for Writers. You can check out their portfolio on their Facebook page. I am currently working with Andrew from Design for Writers and look forward to a cover reveal soon.

Gorgeous cover created by Sue Traynor

Gorgeous cover created by Sue Traynor

Or…you could work with an illustrator, which is what I’ve done for Playing House, a novel I plan on releasing in a few months. I worked with Sue Traynor, an illustrator whose work I’d first come across through istockphoto. I liked her whimsical style and I thought it would translate well for the story I was telling. I couldn’t find any stock images that worked for my story so I contacted her about creating custom images. I provided her with reference images, a short summary of the book’s plot and the feel I wanted to capture. And she created the cover for Playing House, which I think looks great. Can’t wait to finally be able to say the book is ready. For now, we’ll have to settle for a sneak peek at the cover.

Working with Sue was great. If you write women’s fiction or chick lit and you want an illustrated cover with custom images, then you should definitely get in touch with Sue.

That’s it for now. I’ll post links to more designers and illustrators as I continue compiling my reference list.

Happy reading (and writing)!

 

Playing House is moving forward, getting a cover soon

One of Sue Traynor's illustrations, © Susan Traynor. Source: istockphoto.com

One of Sue Traynor’s illustrations, © Susan Traynor. Source: istockphoto.com

I’m working on a few manuscripts simultaneously, which should be confusing but my brain seems to be able to handle it. It must be from work–I have to juggle so many projects at once and keep everything straight. Maybe that’s why I get bored when I only have one thing to work on. I suspect I have a touch of ADD–I have a hard time concentrating, I leave things unfinished in my private life because other things distract me so easily. Good thing I have Tord to remind me to finish what I start. 🙂

So now that I found all the chapters of Playing House and I’ve started going through them to see where they need fine tuning, I thought the best way to stay on track was to give myself a deadline and to make a cover. But I couldn’t find a cover image that really captured the mood I wanted.

In my istockhphoto.com search, I found illustrator Sue Traynor. She does great vector images that are fun, colorful and flirty–perfect for a novel about lost loves reconnecting in a small town in Vermont. I found out Sue does custom images and contacted her about my story and what I was looking for. After exchanging a few emails and reference images, we decided we’d work together on this. I’m super excited! We start next week. Soon I will be able to share with you the cover of Playing House, which I want to launch in August.

Also,  A Little Night Music, the other novel I am finishing up, will have a cover reveal soon too. Possibly by the end of the month! 🙂