Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Object art - a bold red premade book cover

Today's pre-designed book cover is all about high impact. I'm pretty proud of it. The bold, uncluttered ones are usually my favorites. Definite eye-catchers. It's available on my premade book covers store here.

Here's a screen shot of some of my other object art book covers. All sold, but there are others still available.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Gun, cigar, whiskey, mysterious guy... premade book cover

Just posted this on my book cover store. I think it turned out pretty cool. The author can choose to have the guy in the background or ditch him. We have 4 separate images going on here for a one-of-a-kind book cover. It will only be sold once (just like all my other pre-designed book covers).

Authors, I'm happy to send just the cover art, in case you want to do the typography yourself on your own software. Seems like this would benefit someone who is writing a serial and wants to use the same cover for each part, but with changes in the titling on each release. It would also be helpful for someone who likes to do the typography themselves so it coordinates with their other books.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Some of the CCR pre-designed book covers on SelfPub

I've loaded several covers to SelfPubBookCovers.com . They're not on my regular store, so no worries about them being used by more than one author.

One cool SelfPub feature is that, after an author customizes their cover online and purchases it, I can submit tweaks/changes (font placement, color, etc.) and they can use the suggestions or ignore them. That worked out well for Alan Norris's Fly the King's Colors, volume 2 in the Reluctant Warrior series. We were able to make it coordinate well with the volume 1 cover.

AND... SelfPub has featured three of my covers as their Cover of the Day on their Facebook page! Woohoo!

Here is a screen shot of some of the covers currently available on my SelfPub gallery. Once a cover is purchased, however, it is removed from the site (and never sold again).

ccr pre-designed premade book covers

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book title ideas

In the move from my own pre-made book cover store to selfpubbookcovers.com, I'm deleting all old sample files that have long since been sold and become covers to actual books. I've been making up sample titles for my pre-designed book covers just so I didn't have to look at 'Your Title' or 'Book Title' a thousand times. It was one of the fun parts of making the covers and on rare occasions a writer would ask to keep the sample title for their book (which tickled me pink!)

As I was deleting old files, I found it hard to just erase some of these titles from memory so I'm putting them here. These are the ones that, to me, have a particularly poetic feel. Maybe someone will stumble upon this list and find the perfect title for their story. There is no rule about different books having the same title but I would do a search anyway just to make sure it hadn't been over-used.

Blind Man's Song
Book of Eden
Breath and Bone
Dust and Bone
A Dust of Dreams
If I Forget Thee
Jericho's Storm
Jessica, My Love
Last Road Home
Love and Other Deadly Things
Oceans Wild and Blue
Salvation Road

Most of these just popped in my head because of the look and feel of the cover I was working on. Sometimes I would browse old prose or song lyrics and see what word jumped out at me.

The only one that is an actual line from an old poem or song is If I Forget Thee from William Faulkner's poem, "If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem". Two other inspirations were Blackstone Cherry's song "Blind Man", and the movie "Book of Eli".

If you find one of these useful, feel free to give a shout out in the comments and link to your book. I'd love to see it and maybe someone else reading this will be curious about your book too.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thriller pre-made book cover and Move to SelfPub

Last week I moved my pre-designed book covers to selfpubbookcovers.com . I had been considering the move for a while. I was a little reluctant to give up playing with fonts and text effects. But the benefits to authors and cover designers wound up outweighing everything else.

The upside for authors...

Like it says in my side bar over there,
  • Authors get to customize covers online and try out different fonts, colors and placement.
  • When you're happy with it, you get to purchase it and download it right then. In fact, my very first cover sold on SelfPub was used by the author to list his book on Amazon as a pre-order right after he purchased the cover. That's pretty amazing. It's here in case you're curious.
  • You also have the option of purchasing just the design with no text so you can add the text using your own favorite software and fonts. Later title changes and tag line changes become no big deal.
  • It should go without saying that it is sold only once. When the sale is complete, it is removed from the site and never sold again.

The upside for cover designers...

Way more time to design more and more book covers because there is much less time following up on cover orders and fiddling with store maintenance. Free-lance cover designers have to be good at all aspects of a small business but out heart is in the design.

More and more book covers

My previous store had over 200 book covers most of which have sold. My gallery over at SelfPub is small right now but my goal is to hit that 200 again.

I just finished and uploaded this one this morning. It should be vetted by selfpub admin by Tuesday or Wednesday and then it will show up on the gallery:

A dramatic mystery thriller pre-designed book cover. An author will get to start with the image, add their title and details right there on the online creator, and move and change things up all they want. If it's not working out for them, they can ditch it and try a different cover. If they love it, they can purchase it and download it right then.

Selfpubbookcovers.com has a handy video here that demonstrates how easy it is.

This is the stock image I used, just to demonstrate how different the final design winds up from where it started. I also used an eroded/grunge texture image for the wall behind the chessboard and painted the blood.

Check out my entire gallery here:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pre-made book cover... what kind of story?

Something haunting? A coming-of-age story? I don't know. I saw this neat stock image and wanted to do something cool with it. Can't wait to see what author finds it and thinks, "This is it!" for their book.

UPDATE: We have a match! I'll post the book link when it's published and available.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Heather's Custom Quickie book cover design

Heather Lin did a "custom quickie" book cover purchase on my store and sent me a link to this stock image. I took a bunch of the extra grass on the right side of the image, enlarged it, played with the color and worked it into the area closer around the girl. Plus a few other tweaks. I like the way it turned out.

UPDATE: She's published and available on Amazon! Westridge by Heather Lin

And now Book 2 also with a ccr custom quickie... Westridge: Rosa's Story by Heather Lin