What Indie Authors NEED to know about Image Licensing

As an Indie author, you may only think that you need to concern yourself with potential copyright infringement within your books. I am a member of many author groups, and I see discussions every day regarding this. Can I use a real company name in my books? Can I refer …

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Designer Interview: Hanna James of Killer Covers by Hanna

Hello Hanna! Tell us about your creative journey. What was your path to becoming a book cover designer? I went to art school, which was the only path I was truly interested in. I stumbled into designing book covers after doing it for a few peers and friends. I’ve since …

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Designer Interview: Mark Reid of Author Packages

Welcome Mark! Can you tell us how you become a book cover designer? Honestly, it wasn’t actually something I’d ever considered. I’ve been in graphic design since I started designing album covers and posters for rock bands back in 1990, and I always enjoyed seeing that end product. Books were …

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Designer Interview: Teresa Conner from Wolfsparrow Covers

Welcome Teresa! Let’s jump in! How did you become a book cover designer? I was into website design and fansites as a teen, and my love of creating graphics steadily grew from there. I was never very good at traditional drawing or painting, and photo manipulation/composites offered me a way …

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Designer Interview: Sarah Waites of The Illustrated Page

Hello Sarah! Tell us about your creative journey. What was your path to becoming a book cover designer?  That’s sort of a long story! When I was sixteen and trying to figure out how to count reading fantasy books as an extracurricular for college applications, I created a book review …

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Designer Interview: Melody Simmons

Welcome Melody! How did you become a Book Cover Designer? After completing my Graphic Design college degree I was working for a company and started designing book covers on the side for friends. This quickly turned into a full-time occupation and my cover design website was launched in 2011 – …

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Designer Interview: Tiffany of TEBlack Designs

Hello Tiffany! Please share with us how you became a book cover designer. It’s a pretty funny story. I’ve always had a love for art and being creative. Since I was little, I was painting, drawing, doing anything that involved art. I’ve been saying I wanted to be a graphic …

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Moodboard: Cozy Mystery Book Cover Examples

What do Cozy Mystery Book Covers Look Like? Within the Cozy Mystery genre, there are few popular subgenres, including Historical Cozy Mystery and Paranormal Cozy Mystery. Each of these subgenres look different. Please remember, these moodboards are intended to be helpful but there are exceptions to every rule and cover …

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Moodboard: Fantasy Book Cover Examples

What do Fantasy Book Covers Look Like? Sword & Sorcery Book Covers Epic Fantasy Book Covers Grimdark Fantasy Book Covers Dark Fantasy Book Covers Military Fantasy Book Covers Fantasy Romance

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Moodboard: Urban Fantasy Book Cover Examples

Urban Fantasy Book Cover Moodboard

What do Urban Fantasy Book Covers Look Like? Urban Fantasy covers tend to be dark with pops of bright colors and feature full body or near full body photos of one or more characters. While mostly photography-based, the images are manipulated to have an illustrated appearance. Covers with female characters …

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