Book Cover Design
Tuesday 30th September 2014
If you’re reading this then the likelihood is that you have finished writing your book and are now in the process of getting the manuscript ready for publication. After many weeks, months and sometimes years you now find yourself in what can at first seem like an intense part of your books journey, for example, who are you going to publish with? Are you doing it by yourself and if so which self-publishing service will you choose? What about editing and proof reading and then there’s the reason why you’re here, the book cover design.
So it can feel a little overwhelming for the first time author, but the design of your book cover should be an easy, enjoyable and also exciting process, after all, the books cover design is what will become the face of your work, where ever you advertise your book you’ll see it. And as book designers we get that, knowing just how important (as well as personal) the cover design is we work hard to ensure you'll get a great design.
But what should you expect, well, there’s a strong possibility that when you come to us your book hasn’t quite finished the editing stage (a lot of authors will start upon the design of the book cover whilst they’re waiting on other processes to be completed). What this means is that we’ll normally have to make some slight adjustments once you’re ready to publish, this is normally just adapting the width of the spine (but don’t worry – we’ll take care of that for you).
You’re also going to be wondering how long does it normally take to design a book cover? Well this (in part) is up to you, what I mean by this is that some authors prefer us to read the full manuscript prior to the design stage, this of course ensure a complete understanding of the authors work. However, not all authors can afford to add this time on to the project, and so with consultation we work towards a full understanding of the books concept and message with the author. The draft stages normally take anything up to ten working days (depending upon how intricate the design is).
Once we’re at the draft review stages we like to give you time to consider the designs that we have created for you, from here you may wish to make some slight alterations (I’ve known authors to change the wording of their subtitles due to seeing it for the first time upon their book cover). We’ll narrow down the drafts to one which best fits with you and then revise if needed.
Once we arrive at the right design for you we then create a ‘Print-Ready PDF’, this is a file which will be used by the service printing your book, it’s created in the correct colour mode (normally CMYK) and has the specific fonts used within your design embedded into it, at the same time we also create an eBook version of your cover too, this will created to work with e-readers and the online book stores.
But what next? Once you have your book cover design you’ll want to consider your marketing strategy for your new book, you have already given yourself a huge advantage by using a professional cover, but some authors will go further still. Advertising your book and ‘taking it to the reader’ will have a dramatic impact upon book sales, this is why we also offer a specific service which incorporates your book cover design into posters, business cards, book marks, Facebook and Twitter banners and 3D renderings of your book. A pro-active approach to advertising ensures a successful launch along with sustainable sales for the long term.
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As an author or publisher you’ll want only the best for your book, a creative and professional book cover design will help your work stand out upon the shelves, appeal to your readership and increase its sales whether it’s online or in-store.
We are a book cover design company who create covers which are beautiful, creative and show the concept behind your work in a way specific to your genre and needs. Working with clients from all over the world we pride ourselves on a committed work ethic, great service and attention to detail.
We offer a package to suit every budget starting with our fantastic Pre-made book cover design service, moving on to our tailored design package, these are one-off creations made specifically around your books concept (created for both eBook and printed books alike). We also offer a design service for many of the promotional materials which will help with the launch and sale of your book too.
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We specialise in designing book covers that are both unique and beautiful with an attention to detail and a clear focus on each and every one of our clients, from the beginning to the completion of your project our designers work hard to ensure you’re delighted with your new book's cover.
Using the latest industry leading applications and Adobe software we ensure the highest standards and are able to work on a wide range of styles and mediums. We create designs for use with ebooks, with the likes of Kindle, ipad, Nook, Barnes & Noble being some of our most popular.
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Milo Spires (book cover design - JD&J)
The world is now failing as mother-nature loses her grip and the vampires choose to fight back and the humans are to blame. What good is immortality without a planet to live on?
With the global release of Werewolves imminent, a vision from a good vampire many years before sees the sick & evil plan ahead. Scared that another war will start and this time maybe the Werewolves will win, they decided to intervene.
If the plan of releasing the beasts is to go ahead, a magical silver sword must be found but will this be the answer? having a spell placed over it by the Church many years prior. With a story involving a High Priest having a child with a nun and discarding her at birth, the evil vampires aim to use it to blackmail their way into having the spell released.
The story follows the girl Jenny, who lives in Brighton and was dumped on the steps of an orphanage, unknown to her is that her father (The High Priest) is soon to be approached by the vampires and that they know of her existence.
Chased through time, they MUST get Jenny at all costs, believing that she is the key to their persuasion, will the Church bow to them or will there be a holy war?
Vampire Uprising has an ending that YOU are guaranteed not to be able to predict.
Ophiuchus Cube – Book 1
By Hendrik de Jong (book cover design JD&J)
People knew that something was wrong when several stars vanished from the night’s sky.
The Cube appeared to a highly frightened Earth from the deep edges of space. Its landing was a disaster of epic proportions: covering half of the planet and killing billions of people in doing so. The planet then fell into chaos. Inevitably societies broke down. Many people turned to God for an answer.
But what next? Was this colossus friend or foe? Who sent the Cube to us, and what was its purpose? Where and when will it attack next? Will it simply leave, or will it stay?
Against this apocalyptic backdrop a host of unsavoury characters is set free. A serial rapist within China terrorises an innocent woman. A manic and drug addicted gang-leader in Russia fights to keep his dominance. And in the City of London a religious fanatic with a perverted mind and diabolic ideas works on reshaping the future. Pitted against these elements are the reluctant Rick, courageous Martin and autistic genius Thomas, who fight at unlocking the mysteries of the Cube and the chance to save mankind.
But this is a race against time, with a shocking revelation forcing everyone on Earth to choose.
A Life Divided
By Mike Strul (book cover design - JD&J)
Imagine that you’re not the person that you thought you were?
In 1934 the whole of Europe is on the verge of World War.
At the young age of 17, Hans Myerhoffer is the charismatic Bavarian leader of the Hitler Youth. A passionate Aryan German, he is steeped in Nazi ideology and destined for great things within the Third Reich’s inner circle.
Spin forward to 2002 – and Max Samuels at the age of 41, is the archetypal British Jewish businessman.
However, a meeting with a clairvoyant takes him to a shocking discovery that makes him confront his past and at the same time look to his future. Fate then conspires in bringing both Max and Hans together - culminating in a final, dramatic showdown in Germany’s Berlin.
Clarity of Daylight
By DM Daye (book cover design - JD&J)
An outstanding collection of modern and classic poetry from the British born poet D.M.Daye. This collection reflects upon both the beauty and darkness in life with a subtly that brings a depth of experience to each work, sometimes stark but always true.
The writer takes you on a journey through a world which is both known and at the same time unspoken of, one that surrounds but is seen by few, a world which is outside your own front door but at the same time a million miles away.
These poems will stay with the reader a long time after the last page has been turned.
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By Christine Elise McCarthy
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It’s true that the life of an actress in LA is not all glamour, money, and sleeping with rock stars. At times it's more along the lines of humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the terrible choices they lead to. Ruby Fitzgerald has hardly worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything other than a short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV series. But that was back when her career seemed on the up and now awkward sex with regrettable men is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything that once worked in her house is now going on strike, the unemployment checks barely covering the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar bill too!! So the repairs stay on hold. One more bubble bath and several more cocktails. A gal can always be responsible tomorrow.
With everything beginning to stack against her, an increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if life's larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop using your best judgment.
The Dawnlands Catch
By Sam Audley (book cover design - JD&J)
John Tyler & Tim Edgerton gradually begin to suspect that an offer of help from IT billionaire, Randall Hawke, has a catch, though they don’t realise until too late just how deadly it will be. With help from two unexpected sources, FBI Agent, Maria Ruiz, tracks the links between the kidnapping of a mining company executive in West Africa by an unknown jihadi group, the teething problems of a telecommunications joint venture in Singapore and the suspicious deaths of three successful business leaders in the USA. However, as she uncovers the real targets of the Dawnlands Project, the fatal nature of the catch becomes clear. Randall has been using his IT group as cover for pursuing his own criminal agenda and has misled people regarding his true intentions. In preventing further deaths, Maria and her team have a race against time to prove the extent of Randall Hawke’s involvement in the Dawnlands Project.
But ultimately, Randall can only be brought to trial if Tim becomes the man his father never thought he could be.
Escape from the Gibbon Sanctuary
By Mark Lindsay (book cover design - JD&J)
“… there always comes a point when you understand that … society is arbitrary. It will reward good behaviour and it will also reward bad behaviour too, and sometimes even when you are good, it still pokes you in the eye,” said the Thai monk to Michael, a journalist in his twenties and still looking for some answers. Peter understood a great deal about the world when he boarded a flight to Manila. But still, far from the constraints of home, he became entangled in a fantasy. Had he made a huge mistake? In the genre of books such as : Coming up for Air and Lolita and Saint Jack. Escape from the Gibbon Sanctuary, is set in the Philippines at a time when smoking was still allowed upon airplanes and the Spice Girls had their first major hit with Wannabe. Told mainly through the perspective of the main character this story takes the reader on a voyage of self-discovery, via a tsunami and shanty towns and from Luzon to Boracay.
The retirement of Daniel Fairfax
By Robert Harrell (book cover design - JD&J)
For most of us, the move from work into retirement is a smooth one, but not for Daniel Fairfax.
After a lifetime career as a highly professional criminal, Daniel resigns himself to retirement at Her Majesty's pleasure. That is until luck hands him a perfect get out of jail free card, that even he never saw coming. But now he’s a fugitive and on the run from the law. Not only this, but he further complicates matters with a decision which also finds him on the run from his crime boss too. In this comic novel, Daniel makes his escape via the channel and travelling between Spain and France, all in a desperate attempt to secure his freedom and a safer future. However, nothing is ever that simple. It seems that his efforts to retire peacefully are thwarted by chance, and farce, through a series of hilarious circumstances that will have you sure that Daniel Fairfax will never achieve a peaceful retirement. Or will he?
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