Your book cover either sells, or it repels. What is your cover doing for you?
Welcome. You've come to the right place for your book design services. I’ve been in the business of getting attention for my clients since 1995. I use art, photography, typography and a book lover’s senses to convey your story and help motivate your readers to buy. I bring positivity, passion and focus to all of my projects and would love to put that energy to work for you.
In these portfolio pages you’ll find a wide variety of book covers and page designs. As you click through the links above, you’ll also read testimonials from the authors I’ve worked with. They’ve each written a few sentences on their experience working together with me.
Book cover design
Will your book cover sell or will it repel?
Let's talk about book cover design. With all the books out on the market today it's more important than ever to have a compelling professional cover design. Studies have shown that readers spend roughly 2-8 seconds looking at each book cover, before choosing one to click on or flip over. My job, as a cover artist, is to get the reader to pause, click (or flip) and read the author's words. Whether you are a self published author, or a New York Times best selling author, your book cover art must grab your reader and tell them, in an instant, "Take me home! I am just what you need!"
Browse through a wide range of cover designs by visiting my Book Cover Design Portfolio. Included in my portfolio are e-book covers, paperback and hardcover samples both casebound and/or with dust jackets.
Page design and typesetting
Do your pages say DIY?
Top-quality page design and typesetting make your product professional. Do your pages say "DIY"?
Unlike your book's cover, which should grab your readers attention, page design is subtle. Many people are surprised to learn that pages are actually designed because, unlike the cover, the page design isn’t that noticeable. In fact, it shouldn’t be noticeable at all! To accomplish this effectively, a great deal of thought goes into this important aspect of book production.
Here are some of the design decisions that go into preparing your page designs:
- Trim size and number of pages. Your manuscript may need to fit into a certain size of book, depending on your budget and the method of printing you choose. The word count of your manuscript will influence your choice of typeface, type size and spacing.
- Margins, columns and white space. Should the margins be bigger at the bottom or outside edges to allow for “thumb space”? Should a narrow column be inserted down the outside of each page for notes, tips or quotes? All elements in your book must be included in your book design, and combined in such a way to produce uncluttered, inviting pages.
- Choosing a typeface. Books often look best with only one typeface. Simple is good! The choice of typeface will depend on a number of things. Are there a lot of italics in the text? If so, a font with easy-to-read italics is required. Are there a lot of numbers, equations, acronyms or long technical words? All these can affect your book designer’s choice of typeface.
- Display type. Some books require more than one typeface. A technical book with several levels of headings may need a contrasting typeface to make the headings stand out. Or, a display typeface can create a special treatment for chapter headings and provide a consistent and unifying element repeated throughout your book.
- Running heads and folios (page numbers). Running heads usually contain your book’s title, author’s name and/or chapter title. The size and placement of running heads and folios depends on how prominent or inconspicuous they need to be.
- Front and back matter. Pages in the front and back matter are each designed individually, as they are all so different. However, together they must create a unifying whole. Your book designer will choose elements from your chapter pages, such as typefaces, margins, paragraph styles and so on, to connect all the pages in your book visually.
- Widows, Orphans and Hyphenation. Widows and orphans are those funny looking single words at the end of a paragraph, or the bottom or top of a page. Or a strange looking single line of text that's all by itself on a page. Are there three hyphens in a row on your page? There are subtle shifts in horizontal scale, kerning and tracking that need to be adjusted to avoid these mistakes. It is here where your carefully edited and proofread manuscript can save you the most. Finding an error after the final Widow/Orphan/Hyphenation pass can be costly, because, at this point changing even a single character can affect the flow of the entire document. These are probably the most obvious mistakes that DIY authors make. And the single greatest giveaway that the book layout has not been done professionally.
You can see that a lot of careful thought goes into your page design. It's not all that exciting, or glamourous, but it's easy to tell when it's not done properly and professionally. Be assured that your page design, typesetting, and layout will receive careful attention. In fact, each page will get the personal attention it needs to be the best it can be.
My Page Design Portfolio includes several examples of pages designed in five different categories: Simple, Complex Text, Complex Text and Images, Complex Technical Textbook and Illustrated Children’s Book Pages. It includes a description and the types of books that fall into each category.
What kind of page design will your book require?
Is your book in the format your readers need?
Sell more books by giving your readers a version that works on their Kindle, iPhone, tablet or laptop. I can help you get your print books converted into digital editions by recommending a professional conversion service.
Ready to find out more?
Drop me a line today for a free quote!
Step 1: Free initial consultation
Call or email me to discuss your project and we’ll get to know each other before deciding whether to work together. There is no obligation.
We’ll discuss all the elements your book contains and how best to present them to your readers. Then I’ll provide you with a firm quote for both the cover and the interior.
Step 2: Getting started
When you’re ready, just send me your signed quote. You can mail a check for your 50% deposit, or if you prefer, pay by any major credit/debit card via PayPal. (Note that PayPal does incur a 4% transaction fee.) We’ll also sign a simple contract stating that I agree to do the work, you agree to pay for the work.
Step 3: Discovery
I will send you two design questionnaires. One for the cover, and one for the interior. They help us discover your needs and wants, your creative vision, likes and dislikes, as well as nail down technical aspects of the project, like trim size and page count.
Step 4: Choosing a cover design and a page design
Once we've finished with the questionnaires, I’ll prepare two or three designs options for your cover and your pages based on our discovery.
Each cover design will consist of a front cover concept with the title, author name, and any tag line, sequel indicator, or promo blurbs you require. (My advice, keep it simple!)
Each page design option will consist of the first page of a chapter, followed by a two-page spread (see Page Design Samples for examples). You’ll have choices of typefaces and layout, and I’ll create your final design template according to your preferences.
In each case, once you have selected the design of your choice, you will have two rounds of changes to the chosen design to dial in your preferences or make corrections.
Step 5: Final Manuscript Preparation.
Has your manuscript been edited and proofread?
It’s crucial at this point that your manuscript be as clean as possible before going into your page design. An experienced editor will make sure your text flows smoothly for your reader. A proofreader will search carefully for any errors or spelling mistakes. Having your manuscript edited and proofread beforehand is cost-effective in the long run, as it will save costly changes that can affect the flow of your text block.
Step 6: Sending your final manuscript
When your manuscript is ready, and as error free as possible, you can email me your document together with any images. If your files are too large to send by email, we can use a free online file transfer service such asYouSendIt, Dropbox, or HighTail.com.
Step 7: Typesetting your book
When I receive your manuscript, I’ll flow your text into the final design and place your images. Each page will be typeset, including the front and back matter. I’ll create your title page, copyright page, and any other front and back matter you’d like to include in your book. Then I’ll send you a low resolution .PDF of your completed pages for review.
Step 8: Reviewing and proofreading your pages
Print your PDF and see your manuscript in book form. It’ll look very different from the way you’re used to seeing it. Review each page carefully for any errors. Your editor or proofreader will also want to review it for you. In fact, the more eyes the better! Now is the time to make any last-minute corrections.
Step 9: Making proofreading corrections
Send me your proofreading corrections and I’ll update your pages and send you a new PDF for review. There are two rounds of changes included in your contract, at no additional cost.
Step 10: Pre-press approval
When you’re satisfied that your cover and pages are perfect, you’ll sign a Proof Approval, confirming that we’re ready to go to press.
Step 11: Delivery of the final print ready design
I’ll package your print ready .pdf files and, upon payment of your final account, upload them to you via one of the free online file transfer services such as YouSendIt, Dropbox, or HighTail.com.
Step 12: Congratulations! You’re a published author!
After you upload your final files to CreateSpace/Lightening Source or your chosen printer, you’ll soon receive the first copies of your published book. When you do, please send me a copy for my portfolio—preferably a signed copy!
After the final rose.... Marketing your book
While your book is being printed, you’ll be busy marketing it. I’ll provide you with low-resolution images of your front cover for your marketing and promotion.