Thursday, June 14, 2012

Author Blog Challenge - Day 12

Describe your process for choosing and designing your book cover. Who created your cover? How did you find him/her? What do you love about your cover? What might you do differently next time?

Whether it's physical or digital, a book will be judged by its cover, in some cases its an expense indie authors can't afford, but it will make a difference in the eyes of readers. The following are book covers from some of my clients (I do eBook formatting):

Frosted Shadow by Nancy Warren

This is a fun mystery chick-lit type book and the cover reflects that perfectly. In this case there was a change in the cover, it originally had a white tipped eye shadow applicator, I made the suggestion to change that since the white would be lost in e-ink screens. The cover that went in the eBook had better contrasts and the white tip was changed to a black tipped eyebrow brush.

These covers were done by Looks Good Creative.

Running and Dancing by Carol Fenner
Cog Stone Dreams by Diane Schochet

These two covers were done by Graphicz X Designs, I love these book covers, they look great on a Kindle and in print. The Running and Dancing cover tells the reader the story will be about two African-American girls from another time, the lettering will be important in the story and the colors give a sense of warmth. Such a good book!

Cog Stone Dreams, right in the cover you see an object - the cog stone - and the words "dream", "wish" and "magic". That's exactly what you'll get!

carol fenner

diane schochet

The Dream Crystal by Mark O'Bannon

On the other hand, this fantasy book cover implies romance or at least some steamy hanky-panky, but there's non in the book! It's very PG-13 with lots of action scenes in the fairy land, a more appropriate cover would have been a warrior fairy. In reviews and feedback, the author mentioned how readers thought the book was more of a romance, he is considering changing the cover.

So there you have it, some awesome covers to look at!


  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderful covers. A lovely post today. WRITE ON!

  2. Thanks Jo! I love looking at covers, it is very common for me to pick books based on them.