Before You Hire An Illustrator

Commissioning cover art is probably one of the most intimidating parts of publishing a book, because most writers aren’t artists. They don’t know the process, the industry, or the potential pitfalls in hiring and working with an artist… at least until they’ve fallen into a few. Dealing with an illustrator can, in some ways, be even trickier than dealing with a designer. Here’s my advice: Read more

Why Your Cover & Blurb Suck

As some of you know, my day job is book cover design and illustration–Vivid Covers, wink wink nudge nudge. I started my cover work several years ago, after many years of graphic and web design. The title of this post is, admittedly, a little click-baity… but one thing I’ve learned in my years of cover design is that authors are absolutely terrible at recognizing what will make a good cover/blurb for their story.

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