Book cover design, page layout, ebook formatting, author websites, oh my!
So many book cover designers. Who should you hire?
You can work with a book cover designer who has “figured out” how to follow a template, or you can work with a book cover designer who has been in the business for almost two decades, does extensive research, has published numerous articles on book cover design, and has been asked to speak to a variety of audiences on the subject.
A Few of My Latest Book Cover Designs, and Some Older Favorites
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A Book Cover Designer Who Offers More
■ Nonfiction book cover clients receive a minimum of 5 front cover proofs within 10 business days (often sooner)! ■ Fiction book cover design clients get a minimum of 3 front cover proofs to choose from. ■ Full-spread, print clients receive their design files upon request. ■ We offer special rates on interior formatting and author blog packages. ■ Returning clients always get a discount. ■ There are no limits to the number of images we work with. My fee stays the same if 1 image is used or if 10 images are used. I do what it takes to get you the cover you want.
Simplicity and clarity are the strongest ingredients in a successful book cover design.
DID YOU KNOW? ■ In a 2010 survey of more than 600 people, 40% said they would not consider buying a trade paperback that had an unprofessional book cover.
BOOK COVER DESIGN TIP: Invite your readers into the cover scene. Bleed images off the sides. Create large, easy-to-read titles positioned to give depth. Don’t poke bits of text and small images all over the cover.
Professional Book Cover Design is Essential
If you don’t think a professional book cover designer 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 author I worked with sold 900 copies of his book in 48 hours.
What Clients Are Saying:
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 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, co-author of The Dating Mirror
It is a pleasure to recommend Cathi and Book Cover Express for anyone who wishes to have a first-rate cover created. I very much appreciated her persistence and patience in working with me until I had settled on the right look and feel. Her invaluable professional advice and experience were also much appreciated. We are already collaborating on the next book cover.
— Monte Renfro, author of Monte Carlo Masquerades and Abram’s Sons
I’ve worked with Cathi and her team for quite some time, and it has been a wonderful experience. Cathi and her team’s attention to detail and willingness to listen to my needs have been extraordinary. Their beautiful and eye catching covers have captivated my readers and astounded me. I can’t thank them enough for their work and I highly recommend them.
— Eric Dixon, The Book of Michael Series
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
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
Cathi, just a quick note to let you know how well your book cover design has been received. I knew it was going to be something special when I first saw your work product, but the comments from everyone — even friends! — have been just fantastic. I was so lucky to have found you and been able to rely on your expertise.
— Steven Koch, author