Category Archives: Book Cover Design

Deadly Shadow New Book Cover and $0.99 Deal!

Deadly Shadow (The Assassin Chronicles – Book 1) has a fantastic new cover! I love it. To celebrate the new cover and my birthday on Sunday, Deadly Shadow is on sale for $0.99 from July 18-22! (Reg. $3.99)

**FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited**

 

“Deadly Shadow takes you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride.” – Dima Zales, New York Times bestselling author
Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.
Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.
When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.
Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.
But can Victory trust him?
As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.
The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.
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No Sweat Graphics – November Book #coverdesign Sale! #NaNoWriMo #authors

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This is a fantastic deal for custom cover design. Rachel Olsen of No Sweat Graphics has designed numerous covers for me including the cover for REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel) and also for the upcoming sequel, RETRIBUTION. She is wonderful to work with. Now check out her sale! You can not beat her prices for quality custom design!
Here are some things you may need to know:
  • You do NOT need to be a NaNo participant in order to take advantage of this sale.
  • You CAN purchase more than one custom design at sale price.
  • Premade designs are NOT included in this sale. This is for custom designs only.
  • Cost of stock will be waived UNLESS it falls into the “premium stock” category. Ask me for more details.
  • Your cover design does NOT have to be made in the month of November, but payment MUST be made. In other words, if you’re not 100% certain what you want for a design, you may postpone the design process until further notice. However, payment MUST be made before November 30th at 11:59PM MST. Be sure to keep your invoice number.
    If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Rachel directly by email or by contacting her via her Facebook page.

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Pre-Made Book Covers – Think Outside the Box

If you’re an author you know how difficult it is to have the perfect book cover designed–a cover that conveys the heart and soul of your book. A book cover is a window into the soul of a book. An author’s first impression to impress potential readers by taking them on a visual journey.

I thought I would share some of my favorite pre-made covers from Rocking Book Covers.

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If you’re looking for a pre-made or a custom designed book cover, I highly recommend, Rocking Book Covers.  Adrijus is a pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled with my cover for Lethal Journey, my short novel thriller and my upcoming True Crime novelette, Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie – Book One.

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Chapters/Indigo – http://ow.ly/pwbti
Kobo – http://goo.gl/o6Kd3P
Barnes & Noble – http://goo.gl/enh1HJ

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Book Covers – Think Outside the Box

If you’re an author you know how difficult it is to have the perfect book cover designed, one which conveys the heart and soul of your book.

A book cover is a window into the soul of a book–an author’s first impression to impress potential readers by taking them on a visual journey.

I thought I would share some of my favorite pre-made covers from Rocking Book Covers.

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If you’re looking for a pre-made or a custom designed book cover, I highly recommend, Rocking Book Covers.  Adrijus is a pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled with my covers for Lethal Journey, my short novel thriller and my upcoming true crime novelette, Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie – Book One.

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Real Life EvilComing Soon!

Book Covers ~ Think Outside the Box

If you’re an author you know how difficult it is to have the perfect book cover designed, one which conveys the heart and soul of your book.

A book cover is a window into the soul of a book–an author’s first impression to impress potential readers by taking them on a visual journey.

Recently, I stumbled upon Rocking Book Covers.

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I had the pleasure of working with Adrijus last week and I will be unveiling my new cover for my upcoming “short novel thriller” LETHAL JOURNEY within the next few weeks. He is one of those designers who likes to think outside the box and takes risks.

His covers are gritty, dirty, and very cool.

He offers his custom book cover designer service as well as some fantastic pre-made covers at great low prices. 

BOOK TALK TUESDAYS: THE MAKING OF A COVER

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Please welcome the talented Marion Sipe! I’m thrilled to have her visiting today!

Hey there everyone!

I’m Marion Sipe, and I’m a cover artist. I work with publishing companies and independent authors, creating covers that I hope authors are happy to have connected to their works. I’m a writer as well, so I’ve been on both sides of the cover and I know how tough a job it can be. Today, I’m guesting here with the lovely and talented Kim Cresswell—I got to make the cover for Reflection!—to talk about the process of making a cover, and working with an author to come up with something that’s fitting, and captures the feel of a story.

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The feel and mood of the story are actually the most important things. A cover doesn’t necessarily illustrate a given scene, in fact that’s not really the way you want to approach things. Instead of trying to illustrate a book, it’s best to use recurring and important elements to establish the mood you want the reader to be in, what you want them to feel when they pick up your book. Connecting with a reader on that level means they go for your book, instead of all the others lined up next to it, because readers read to experience something. They want to know that reading your story will put them in it, that they’ll connect to the characters, and that the plot will engage them, and that the setting will create a feeling in them. You can’t just write all of that on the cover, of course, and even if you could the reader probably wouldn’t believe you. This is one of the things that must be shown and not told. *G*

So, at the start of any project I want to know what the book is about, what its genre is, because that’s what will establish the mood. There’s more to it than that, of course, but genre is the first step. Should the reader be primed for romance? Should they be ready for action? Should they be drooling for a good sword fight? The genre tells me the first elements of the cover, and the first step in creating a mood for the reader.

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Next, I need to know the flavor of the story itself. Is it a bitter-sweet drama? Then I should use rich, deep tones, with notes of both solemnity and joy. Or is it a tart mystery with an acerbic main character? For which I should clearly use bold, contrasting colors to get the reader tense and ready to pounce on any clues. Or it could be a sweet romance, which calls for longing eyes, soft tones and an organic composition that lets the eye move easily between elements. Or maybe it’s an action-packed thriller, with explosions and guns and kick-ass women? Well, then it should obviously be bold, but not contrasting, complimentary colors with a straightforward feel. All of this I get from the synopsis, which tells me not only the twists and turns of the book, but far more importantly tells me its feel.

From the synopsis I also pick out recurring elements and themes which suit that feel. These should be visible in both the synopsis and the cover. Often authors incorporate these elements intentionally, for instance the recurring theme of snakes to represent the bad things. However, sometimes the elements are more subtle, or come from how an author describes their work. The particular words we use are important. There’s a big difference between ‘sexy and sophisticated’ and ‘romantic and sensual.’ Even though they’re both romances, the mood the author’s looking for is different in each case and requires different kinds of art. So, I like it when an author uses descriptive words to tell me what they’re looking for.

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I use all of this to come up with the basic cover proof. This is the first draft of the cover art, but it’s not finished. I send it to the author to get their feedback and make sure I’m on target. Often authors need adjustments or changes and we discuss what they’d like to see or how they’d like it tweaked and I give my input from an artistic point of view. Sometimes authors want things to match up exactly which can be an issue, but I do my best to accommodate any changes they request. I include two sets of revisions in the price of my covers because an author should have input and be able to ask for changes to the proof, but I put a limit on it because, as we all know, authors also love to tweak. *G* I know I do. It’s actually pretty hard to pry a manuscript out of my digital hands… Sentences or word positioning, it doesn’t matter, but there always has to be a point at which you have to let it go.

In the end, authors should be happy with their cover and excited about seeing it up, and that’s my goal. I hope this post has helped you see a bit behind the curtain, and given you some insight into what your cover artist is looking for!

You can find my portfolio here, my premade covers here, and my promotional artwork here. If you’re looking for a cover artist, feel free to contact me at marysipe@gmail.com!

I’m also having a sale on my premade covers throughout February, so make sure to drop by and check out the pretties!

Or check out my video portfolio!

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REFLECTION is available at Amazon | MuseItUp | ARe | BookStrand | Goodreads | AmazonUK
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other fine retailers. Available in print (late February)

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