Behind the Design


I was well overdue for another Behind the Design post! So today I decided to feature a book that has just released in digital versions and will be followed by the paperback in just a couple days. This biblical fiction romance is right up my alley as a writer and reader, which meant I tackled the design with quite a lot of enthusiasm! Forgiven is author Carol Ashby’s debut novel. And as I worked with her, I quickly discovered...

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A few months ago, I had one of those heart-racing moments. On an email list I belong to, a well-established author mentioned that she was re-releasing some of her backlist and asked for cover designer recommendations. Obviously, I offered my services. And was beyond thrilled when she hired me. Because this is Stephanie Grace Whitson, whose books I passed many a teenaged weekend with. I have quite a few of them on my shelf to this day....

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I recently joined a fun site called 99 Designs, where the customer posts a design job to be done, and then designers can submit options. It’s like a contest–dangerous for this competitive girl. There are all sorts of categories, but I’ve been focusing, of course, on book covers. In my first week on the site, I saw a contest for the cover of a middle grade fantasy called Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed. In the story, a...

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A couple weeks ago a previous client got in touch with me to say she was ready to do the cover for her next book, Through the Waters–I love working with people on multiple projects, so I was excited! Set in the turbulent Civil Rights movement in Alabama, Through the Waters is a historical novel. Embassie, the author, wanted to see a heroine on the cover, in era-appropriate clothing, and a lovely backdrop of Alabama, perhaps with...

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No doubt you’ve seen some of the ebook collections out and about these days–the ones where authors with similarly-themed books package them together and sell them digitally for one low price. These box sets are a great way to try out new authors along with ones you already know you love. I’d noticed quite a few of them lately, and I had often thought that they’d be fun to tackle as a designer. After all, it...

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I love firsts–the challenge of something new, looking up images I’d had no cause to look up before, working to please a new client and get to know them…and I just finished up a first for me. My first Western cover–that’s right, the first cowboy I’ve ever put on a cover! And I was pretty happy to learn that the heroine should be wearing a ball gown. I lLove pretty-dress covers. Love them. =D But as I...

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