Final Farewell by Amber Farman
Here is the unveiling of the new cover design for Amber Farman’s latest installment, Final Farewell. Creating covers for a series of books is rewarding, but presents its own challenges. It’s important to keep the look of the series the same, creating a cohesiveness in the use of the same fonts, major design elements, similar artwork, textures, etc. However, each cover also needs to be unique and recognizable in itself as well as get across the theme and/or plot of the book. You can see how the two fit together, but still retain their individuality.book cover design examples.
You can pre-order Final Farewell today here.
Christian book cover design is one of our favorite things to do! We love to help spread the gospel message to others through our cover designs. We wanted to showcase some of our recent work in this area, so that if you are looking to publish a Christian book, you can get some ideas for your cover design. Have fun browsing.
Anatomy of Choice by Fred Grooms
This new e-book design is hot off the press, so to speak. We are super excited about the conceptual imagery of this cover and how the choices that one makes in a maze, are similar to the choices we make in life. Here is an excerpt from Fred’s new book: “Life is a continuing cycle of choices and decisions. Every day we take actions that range from the trivial to the profound, and these choices create a constant stream of ever-changing possibilities, priorities and problems. And it’s not just about the major choices in life; it’s about the little things too, things that can quickly overwhelm us. No one escapes the stress and demands of making life choices. We all struggle to make the best choices we can and it’s not always easy.”
Get Anatomy of Choice here.
Whitechapel by Craig McLay
Here is the book cover design for Craig McLay’s latest installment, which is actually a follow-up book to his earlier book Deadline. This cover was an exciting project as we had to change a photo of Trafalgar Square into the scene of a nuclear terrorist attack. Check out the synopsis:
The thrilling follow-up to Deadline, Whitechapel takes Colin Mitchell out of his element and throws him into a deadly game of international politics where the winner will take all, assuming there is anyone left standing to collect.
The world is on the brink of war. Iran has allegedly been caught testing nuclear weapons and is backing a terrorist group that just claimed responsibility for a horrifying bomb attack in central London.
As one of the few people to survive the attack, Colin Mitchell is suspicious. He doesn’t believe it was the work of a bunch of crazed jihadists and thinks the evidence may point to a top secret mercenary group working for a shadowy organization within the government – the same one that may have been responsible for the death of his father years before.
Whoever they are, they now seem to want Colin dead. With his partner in a coma and his own brain starting to betray him thanks to an experimental drug designed to treat his extreme migraines, Colin is going to have a more difficult time than usual getting to the bottom of the story before somebody puts him in the ground.
Colin has some experience with cults, but this group is far more powerful and dangerous than he can possibly imagine. They’ve been planning this war for almost a thousand years and chances are slim they’re going to let a nosy freelance journalist get in their way.
Buy Craig’s books here.
The Apocalypse Club by Craig McLay
We are absolutely in love with our latest ebook cover design for Craig McLay! When he told us his idea for a sinister cyborg selfie, we were hooked. Jerome Jacinto–thank you for another amazing illustration! You rock! Here is the synopsis:
Mark Simms is a humble policy fulfilment analyst who has no idea that the CEO of the insurance company he works for is a 120-year-old psychotic cyborg with plans to destroy the earth.
He also doesn’t know that those plans involve a massive international spy network, sinister weather control technology, and a mysterious century-old scientific expedition to Greenland from which no one, reportedly, returned alive.
He would have known all of these things if he’d just listened to his friend Max, but he always kind of thought Max was, to put it politely, nuts. One small act of domestic terrorism aside, he only ever hung out with Max to meet women.
Now Max is missing and Mark is the only one who may be able to find him. So, yeah. The world is pretty much doomed.
Buy the book here.
Super Way by Ken Konor
Can reason overcome superstitious odds?
Here is our latest book cover design for Super Way! We think it looks pretty exciting. Here’s the synopsis:
Keith McKinerty is a psychologist with eccentric methods, specializing in the treatment of superstition. He decides to make contact with old clients ‘The Supers’ and organize a follow-up. But the Supers still firmly hold to their superstitions and resent the idea that they should change and become more rational.
Meanwhile, a series of coincidences happen to Keith which shake his faith in reason. He is accused of professional misconduct. David an erstwhile colleague suddenly arrives to replace Keith, claiming knowledge of Keith’s secret past. One of Keith’s clients, Frank, a Super, is found dead in mysterious circumstances and Keith is a suspect. Keith hires a detective, Felix, with the supernatural ability to leave his body to help track his detractors. Keith, meanwhile, himself takes refuge working in the local casino but he soon suspects the casino is deliberately being run in conjunction with the Supers as a microcosm for a world of unreason; where a coded language, numbers and ghosts reinforce superstition as an alternative way of life: The Superway.
Keith thinks he sees how the Superway will dominate and exploit people so he takes action. Will his reason reach out and overcome the superstitious odds? Or is it too late? Has Keith himself become a Super? The twists and turns of the plot lead us up to the gripping finale.
In my experience as a book cover designer for mainstream book publishers, authors generally had little say over their book cover design. The process of designing these covers was largely unhindered by preconceived ideas and opinions, and left the designer free to explore artistically until the best cover was created. Since buying Book Creatives last year, we have loved working directly with authors to achieve their vision for their books. We’ve have also had some interesting experiences with authors that stems from unfamiliarity with working with a book cover designer. So, our intent with this post, is to help prospective clients understand more about the creative process, so as to clearly set up expectations and avoid problems along the way. Here is our scientific formula for this process.
happy clients = a happy book cover designer = great book cover designs = happy clients
So, here are our 10 tips for keeping your book cover designer happy 🙂
#1 We, as book cover designers and you as an author, have a common goal–to create the best cover possible for your book. If you already have a vision for your cover, please share it with us! Please realize though that it may not end up being the best cover, so be open to new ideas.
#2 The first design concept is rarely the one used. Often, the creative process involves exploring many ideas and concepts until the most powerful one emerges. So, don’t be frustrated or impatient with the process. Like the old toy restoration man in Toy Story 2 says, “You can’t rush art!” (That being said, we do respect deadlines and we will try not to be slow pokes.)
#3 It’s okay to not like a design concept, but please say it nicely 🙂 We often stay up late into the night trying to perfect a concept, and when an author says they hate it, it hurts our feelings and we think, “Well, we could have been sleeping.” And that’s sad. 🙁
#4 With artwork, you don’t always get what you expect. Understand that when you send an email to us expressing what your book is about and what you want the cover to convey, that everyone has a little different vision of what words and concepts mean to them. It is our job to translate your words and ideas into a visual representation and that can take some work. Rest assured that we are trying our hardest to exceed authors’ expectations, but sometimes designs come out looking different than the image the author saw in her head and she may think we are not listening to her or not respecting her wishes. This is not the case, it is just a matter of artistic interpretation.
#5 There are elements of design principles that we follow as designers because if we don’t, our college professors come back to haunt us on scary winter nights. From time to time, clients will ask us to break one or more of these rules, and we will advise against it. Don’t be offended by this. We realize that you paid for the book and you want the book you want, however, you also paid for our expertise, so we will make recommendations based on design principles. If you take our advice, it will ensure that you have a good book design and that there will be no ghosts in our house.
#6 Remember we are trying to help you SELL your book. It is important that your book looks great artistically, but there are also considerations that a book cover designer must make in creating a cover that will market well. For example, are the cover elements still recognizable on Amazon when it shows up as a thumbnail? Are the fonts readable? Does the cover fit well with others of its genre? Will it pop on the shelf? Is it intriguing enough to pick up?
#7 Since at Book Creatives we don’t specify a number of design hours or cover concepts in your price, we ask that authors be considerate of our time. We will usually send 3-4 initial concepts. Ideally, one of these will lead to a direction that we will go with the design. We appreciate when authors give us their book size and correct page counts up front and that we have to make as few rounds of changes as possible.
#8 We are totally open to discuss changes and concepts with authors, but please with a cherry on top, don’t dictate the entire design of the book. If you would like to design it yourself, it’s best to find a student who knows how to use Photoshop and have them lay it out for you. We are in the business of creating best-selling book cover designs, and we are good at doing it. Just like authors don’t want a non-writer telling them how to write their book, it is insulting to designers to be treated like they don’t know what they’re doing.
#9 We like compliments, chocolate, and beef jerkey.
#10 Most of all, we love when our clients LOVE their book covers. There is nothing better for us than to feel like we created something that exceeds expectations. Please let us know if you loved your cover! It makes us happy.
The Overnight Palace
by Janet Marie Sola
Marie has turned 40 and her life has stalled. When her long-term boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her she follows a friend to an ashram in India. Failing to find fulfillment there, she goes on alone to the exotic state of Rajasthan in India. She is determined to shed her bookish persona and immerse herself in this culture “where people trace their ancestry to the sun.”
On her quest, she falls in love in unexpected ways, first with an exquisite painting and then with the charismatic young artist who leads her on a beguiling but ultimately harrowing journey to help her find the painting’s creator, the elusive “master painter.”
Along the way, she’s inspired by the Hindu goddesses of creativity, love, and courage, and accompanied by an array of characters including her gay friend Jason, the in-your-face ex-tabloid journalist Cathy, the menacing Shadow, and the tragic couple Amar and Neela.
While it’s in the tradition of other books of self-discovery in exotic settings, such as Eat, Pray, Love, The Overnight Palace has the narrative thrust of a novel. It will appeal women of all ages who seek out stories of self-discovery that resonate with their own inner journeys.
The author’s stories, poetry and reviews have been published in San Francisco Chronicle, Forge Journal of Arts and Culture, Painted Bride and many others.
We are always looking for book cover inspiration around here. How nice is it to see a cover that is original and inventive? Brian and I were at Summerfest up in Logan, UT last weekend and we came across a wonderful artist, Desarae Lee. Her whimsical pen and ink illustrations stood out from everyone else because they are so fresh and unique. I would totally LOVE to do a book cover with her work. (Hint hint any prospective clients reading this blog)
We All Love Pictures!
Sometimes, the perfect cover for your book requires an illustration. Thanks to Harry Potter, illustrated book cover design for middle grade/YA adventure and fantasy novels is still hugely popular. Which makes sense, because where can you find stock photography of a three-headed dragon or an 800-year-old pirate ship, right ?
But, Doesn’t it Cost a Lot?
It makes sense, that the best way to sell exciting books is to show how exciting they really are, by depicting the characters and/or events in the story. Most people, however, assume that a high quality illustration will break the budget. Not so, we say! Book Creatives can help you get a bestseller quality illustration for a very reasonable price. Digital illustrations look great and save you money because they are easy to manipulate until they are perfect. If you think that an illustrated book cover design may be right for your book, don’t hesitate to ask for a quote.
Look How Simple it is to Get the Perfect Illustration!
We wanted to give you a glimpse into the process of creating an illustrated book cover design, so you will know what to expect if you decide to go that route. This is from a recent design that we did for The Island at the End of the World by Craig McLay. The author gave the illustrator some high-action scenes from the book, and you can see how the illustrator responded with some quick sketches in rounds 1 and 2. The author chose a combination of the two scenes in round 1, as you’ll notice in round 3. You can see the 2-headed kraken take shape, the characters gain detail, the colors deepen and finally the title added.