L.V. Lewis – Valentine’s Day Book Sale!

I know. There are probably hundreds of thousands of these going on, but I couldn’t resist. I had to reduce the price of my books on Valentine’s Day for my readers who might want to buy …

Source: L.V. Lewis – Valentine’s Day Book Sale!


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween
Win a custom facebook cover!

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Here’s wishing everyone a great (and safe) Halloween!  To get in the spirit, Cover Me Creative will be giving one lucky person the chance to win a custom facebook cover.  To enter, simply share a picture of you in your Halloween Costume on our Facebook Page located here.  The photo with the most “likes” wins!  The contest will end on Saturday, 11/04/2013 at 9 a.m. cst.

The winner will receive their choice of a facebook cover design:  Option 1 — A holiday themed cover, the Holiday of their choice.  OR  Option 2– If they wish to supply stock photos (or book covers) for an entirely custom design.

Get Started now….share your pictures, get your friends to vote!  Good luck and have a spooktacular holiday.


The Price of Cover Design

The price of cover design is a widely argued subject. How do you price your design? What should the average price be? Should there be packages? What do you think?

So many questions and so many answers!  For everyone it is different. Prices can start as low as $35.00 (see http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com) and the sky is the limit. There are even sites where you name your own price and designers will submit their work and you can chose the one you like (see http://www.99designs.com).

How do I decide what to charge?  My fees are figured the same across the board. A rough estimate of how long your design will take me to complete (hours) x $25.00 (fee) and I arrive at a price. This does not include resources such a stock and fonts. I am able to provide affordable rates by requiring you to provide your own stock images, but I can and will help you chose them for your project. A free consultation isn’t just for you, but helps me determine what you’ll need before we start to discuss what you want. These are but pieces of the puzzle that will make for successful design.

For the basics, let’s play a game of q&a:

Question #1: Do you need a print and e-cover? Or just an e-cover?

Why I need to know:
Print standards are different than that of E-covers.  The quality of the image is extremely important and even more so for print covers. Print covers require 300 dpi while an E-cover only requires 72 dpi. Something to watch for if you must have a print cover. The E-covers may look the same and sometimes they are more vivid than the print, but trust in that the eye is easily fooled! What you see on an LCD screen is not what you get when printed.

The dimensions of a print cover are also different than that of an E-cover. For print you will need to know the trim size of your book, the page count of your print format  and the paper (black and white or cream?) you are printing on. All of this information is used to determine the measurements of the spine of your cover.  Never guess.  Otherwise, the spine may bleed over onto the front and back cover. That wouldn’t make for a pretty cover!!  And your printer will reject the cover.  That is no fun for anyone.  Get the precise numbers and we will get it right—- the first time.

When you view an e-cover, it is usually a thumb-nail sized image nestled among others. So tiny!! But what happens when you click on that small image? It’s suddenly large. Many ask, why do I need the large image when the e-covers are viewed so small? That small image is generated from the larger one, while the larger one is usually what is embedded in your book and on the website (places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc). While their requirements vary most advise that images be no smaller than 1400 – 2000 pixels on the shortest side. To make images smaller is no problem. However, if you try to enlarge a smaller image you get distortion or pixelation, resulting in a blurred image. If it does get attention, it definitely won’t be the good kind.

Question #2: What is your time frame?

Why I need to know:
Does your cover need to be expedited? This may cost more, especially if other designs are waiting to be completed. Not to mention, you may want time to query a cover (test it on a trusted audience) and request revisions. This also let’s me know if I can deliver what you want within your needed time frame.

Question #3: Do you have concept art and have you started looking for stock?

Why I need to know:
If you already have a concept in mind and stock sitting in a light room, the design of your cover will go smoother. Consider your genre, the feel of your story and idea you’d like conveyed on the cover. All of these things must be easily identifiable to your audience. If you do NOT have a concept and we are starting from scratch, your design will take additional time. We can shop for stock together and I can advise you on images.

Question #4: Do you need more than just a cover?

Why I need to know:
While I’m designing your cover(s), I can easily design other graphics to co-ordinate with it. Such as screensavers, facebook covers, blog banners and/or 3D Book graphics that make great promotional items. Some like additional swag such as custom bookmarks, posters and even t-shirts. Knowing all of this ahead of time allows me to design a high-resolution pdf in a large size that can easily be made smaller for each particular item. This saves me time and time is money. Which means, if I save time, you save money. This translates to discounts for you!!

So many have asked me how can I price my designs so low? If you’ve looked around, then you know that quality designs are usually priced $99 and up with the average for more known designers being between $199 and $500.00. I design because it is what I love to do. I do not do it for fame or fortune. I believe that everyone should have a great cover and I know that not everyone has the same budget. Should this limit you? No. Will I let it limit me? No.

Success for me is knowing that I delivered a great design that not only did the author LOVE but will be in the hands of generations to come. Books are immortal. I’m already living my dream……

Pieces of Me

Cover Me Creative has been a long time coming. I’ve always loved art. When I was a little girl, I can remember coloring and drawing. What I distinctly recall is how bad my art was. It saddened me because it never looked on paper the way it had in my head. I could see it clearly and yet I did not have the skill to bring it to life on paper. My mother, bless her heart, encouraged me anyways. She would sit and draw with me, her ragged looking stick people were just as bad as my own. As a child, I assumed she drew that way on purpose, to make me feel better about my own renderings. It wasn’t until some years later I realized that while my stick figures had evolved somewhat, hers had remained unchanged. It still brings a smile to my face to think on that.

It wasn’t until many, many, many (ahems) years later that I discovered computers and software. And more specifically programs such as Paint and Photoshop. Photoshop became my obsession. Suddenly I was able to create those things that lingered in my minds eye despite the fact that I cannot draw. That’s right, you heard me admit that out loud. I am a designer that cannot draw. Don’t get me wrong, I can sketch out an idea. I can even doodle some passable insects and flowers. But that is the extent of my skill in that arena.

Having found Adobe, I found stock photos. And from there, I was a goner. I was mesmerized at how a simple image could be changed into something complex and wonderous. Or how I could combine them, manipulating them into a seamless scene. The effects were unlimited. My boundaries suddenly no longer existed.

And here I am. I’m able to use my passion to help others. And it is that, above all else, the drives me.

This is but a single piece of me….