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Professional book cover design is essential

If you don’t think professional book cover design is essential to your project, consider this: readers, retailers, and reviewers glance at a book for only a few seconds before they make a choice. As your book cover designer, I can help to ensure it’s your book they’re choosing. My book cover designs have been featured on/in: Good Morning America, Today, Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, 48-hours, People Magazine, L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and TV Guide. One of our self-published authors sold 900 copies of his book in 48 hours.

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Fiction Book Cover Design


When I asked Cathi Stevenson to design a cover for our timeline book Wonders of Old, I didn’t expect the gorgeous cover that I received. The reason that I didn’t expect it was just simply because I didn’t know Cathi at the time nor the quality of her work. Since then, I now expect nothing less and she delivers EVERY time. She has designed many covers for our company. Cathi is an amazing cover artist. We get compliments all the time on this particular cover. People say that they choose our book because it has a keepsake quality to it and I know that this is largely in part to the beautiful cover. This book will be kept by the purchaser for years because of its enduring quality and beauty.

— Terri Johnson, Publisher

Cathi designed the cover for my book The Dating Mirror: Trust Again Love Again. This project was much tougher than it seemed because my co-author and I had very different ideas about what made a great cover.  

Initially, through no fault on her part, Cathi didn’t have as much information as she needed from us to deliver what we wanted and we didn’t select one of the initial designs. However, amazingly, her keen intuitive abilities did allow her to pick up on several very strong aspects of the book and our personalities with those covers. Since The Dating Mirror is about using your intuition when you’re dating, I knew we were on the right track and had the right designer. 

After we were able to clearly articulate the message of the book, Cathi created a cover that brought me to tears. It’s beautiful and timeless and I’m so proud to hold the book in my hand or send people the link to it. I’m so grateful to Cathi for her talent and for creating a wonderful, visual legacy for our work and I’d highly recommend working with her. 

— Maryellen Smith  

Nonfiction Book Cover Design

Our book was a Best Seller from the first day it came out. Thanks to Cathi, we had a cover that grabbed the readers’ attention and made them pick it up! Cathi’s work proves that you actually can judge a book by its cover. She was fantastic to work with, professional and reasonably priced. Book Cover Express is the company to work with if you want the very best.

— Keith Leon, best-selling author, Who Do You Think You Are? Discover the Purpose of Your Life

Spiritual Book Cover Design

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I hired Cathi Stevenson to do my book cover design and Gwen Gades to do my interior book layout design. Both women know all the ins and outs of producing files needed for both print and e-books. They each give 100% effort to get your book professionally presented to your readers. Even after they were both paid and completed their work, they each did a follow-up contact as to any further help needed. For me, that means they both cared and that I was completely satisfied. You can’t put a price on that.

— Leonard Rattina, author of Accidental Ambassador

As a book cover designer, I know fiction and nonfiction book cover design are not the same thing, and that’s why your nonfiction project needs a professional book cover designer who knows the market. I started designing book covers in December of 1999, and since that time have worked on more than 2,000 projects. I’ve worked with all of the popular print-on-demand (POD) publishers and have created hundreds of book covers for Lightning Source, CreateSpace and Amazon’s e-book publishing programs. I provide clients with properly formatted covers, including  barcodes (100% black, vector), not low-grade png images that won’t scan properly. I have worked with offset and POD press operations and know my way around a template, including technical information about things like “jump” and “hinges” and “240% black,” that can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring your book looks professional in the marketplace.

What you’ll get:

  • A flat rate, so you can budget up front and there won’t be any surprises
  • At least 3 front cover proofs within 10 business days (often sooner)
  • Free barcode made with your ISBN
  • Any size front cover images you need for marketing
  • Free e-book cover when ordering a full spread (front, back, spine) print cover
  • Application files for full spread print projects upon request
  • More than 30 years’ experience in printing and publishing working for you

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