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What a way to start my day

What a way to start my day!   Monday morning, a client’s email said, “This cover ID number should say 10520. Please, please tell me the print version doesn’t have the wrong year too?!!! We had 3k of these printed!”  Oh no, this is bad news! My heart started pounding, and I hadn’t finished breakfast yet. What…

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What Book Authors Want to Know

What Book Authors Want to Know

Do you create new covers to replace old ones? Yes, I design new covers to replace existing covers. I work with authors who are ready for a new cover because their first one did not look professional or didn’t appeal to their target audience. If you have regained the rights to out-of-print books from your former publishers, your book will need a new cover…

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what's your genre?

An email inquiry from an author

I received an email inquiry from an author for my book cover design service. Jeff’s book had originally been published by CreateSpace. “The covers were made a while ago when it was common for authors to use CreateSpace’s Covercreator,” he explained.“These covers need an update. So, I’m contacting designers who might be the best fit for this…

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Goodbye old portfolios

I said goodbye to our old portfolios this week. My partner, Gary, and I were cleaning out the office closet. There were four portfolios filled with past printed samples. We had used them to show potential clients our work, hopefully, to win a client over, and to sell our creative services.  The portfolios were filled…

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Publishing a children’s book and using a book designer

Why you need a book designer for your children’s book Publishing a children’s book? Use a book designer to make it visually appealing and easy to read before the artwork begins.   Case study: Channon, a first-time author, hired an illustrator who had little knowledge of book design. How did I know?  1) The artist/illustrator (?) did not leave adequate space for the story…

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A designer’s dream project

Working with artist Susan Zimmerman was a designer’s dream project. I was referred to Susan by printer Tim Malott of HF Group.  Susan is a ceramicist and photographer. I met with her to discuss her book, The Light in the Kiva and wrote an estimate for book design. I have always wanted to design an art book! “The Light in…

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