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    The Legend of the Blue Eyes Book Cover Reveal

    From B. Kristin McMichael‘s site:

    Welcome to the night. You thought things that went bump in the night only exist in books and movies? So did Arianna Grace, until she became one of them. But she is not the only type of night human that lives off of drinking blood. As the rarest and only one of her kind, Arianna must find her place in the world in the young adult novel “The Legend of the Blue Eyes” by B. Kristen McMichael.

     

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    Cover Reveal: Reaper’s Novice by Cecilia Robert

    Reaper's Novice Book Cover Art

    Book description:

    17- year-old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

    Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.

    Buy Link: Amazon or Kobo.

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    Mourning Cloak by Rabia Gale

    Hurrah, I can finally show this cover! Mourning Cloak by the wonderful Rabia Gale – look for it in January.

     

    Mourning Cloak Book Cover Art

    Kato Vorsok is a man deserted by his god. A failed hero living in exile, he wants nothing to do with his old life.

    Until the night he encounters a wounded mourning cloak – a demon that can walk through walls, dissolve into mist, and spear a man’s heart with a fingernail.

    She calls him by name. She knows his past. She needs his help.

    And she is his key to redemption.

    Mourning Cloak is a science fantasy novella.

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    Changes to the Book Cover Design Section

    I’ve added a lot of information to my book cover art and design section: rates and prices, pre-designed ebook covers (coming soon!) and book cover design links. I’ll be adding to these section as time goes on.

    I’m really excited about the pre-designed, or ready-to-go covers. Since I will be raising prices at the start of the year I wanted to offer a lower-cost alternative to the bespoke price. It also allows me a bit more leeway and originality as an artist, which will be fun. I enjoy creating within the guidelines set by publisher or author, as that can be a challenge, but it’s also nice to be able to do some wild-ass creative designs that will hopefully find a home with someone who loves them.

    Here’s hoping that 2013 will be a creative, successful year for us all!

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    Daisy Madigan’s Paradise by Suzy Turner

    It’s funny about doing cover mockups – sometimes I fall in love with one of them and am crushed when the author says “Meh, whatever” to that one (my baby!) and decides on another. It happens quite often, actually. :) But sometimes that one is chosen and I’m all “Yes! That is the one! That’s my baby!” So I was made very very happy recently when Suzy Turner chose my baby for the cover of her new Morgan Sisters novella: Daisy Madigan’s Paradise. I absolutely loved The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw and am very much looking forward to reading this one.

     

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    Book Cover Art & Design: How Much?

    During the holiday period (when hopefully things will be a bit more quiet) I’m going to redesign my book cover design section to make it more informative and marketable. I’m also going to raise my prices for book cover work, and that causes a bit of a quandary. As much as I someday want to work for a large publisher for some proper money, I very much like working for self-published authors and smaller boutique publishers. I very much believe in supporting independent, self-published authors and don’t want to price myself out of that section of the business.

    However, I also have to think of what I do as a business as well and eventually start making some money at this, or I should just go back to web design and development. For the past two years I’ve made less (much less) than the UK tax threshold for paying income tax. Not having to do a self-assessment tax return is nice, but not making any money at it at all is not. Oh, I’ve had the work – weeks when I don’t work on Saturday and Sunday are rare, and on one particularly stressful day I worked until 10:00pm and got up at 5:00am the next morning to start work again. As much as I love it, the work needs to start paying for itself.

    My current prices are $120* per cover, plus the cost of all stock used. I’ve been throwing in POD cover templates for nothing, mainly because most people don’t tell me that they need them until the cover art is finished, so I’ve been saying “What the hell” and just doing them. What I’m thinking about is raising the cost of a cover to somewhere in the $150 range, with an extra charge for doing a print cover version. (If I’ve worked with you a lot, and we have an existing relationship, prices will probably stay the same as a “friends and family” rate.)

    *Because I’m based in the UK and work with people all over, but mainly authors from the States, I set prices in USD. This makes things easier but I lose a lot of money on the currency conversion.

    If you are a self-published author searching for a book cover artist, how would that range fit with your budget? I very much want to continue doing this type of work, and I feel that there is a definite price limit that most new authors can pay. Realistically, though, you do get what you pay for…there is a massive amount of really crappy cover art out there and I’d like to think that mine is professional, enhancing sales and helping to encourage readers to take a chance on a new author. I care very much about the work that I do – I just need to make a bit more money at it.

    So, thoughts? What would you expect to pay for a cover? How expensive is too expensive?

    EDIT:
    It was this post by the very talented Lindsay Buroker, “How Much Does Self-Publishing a Book Cost?” that got me thinking about this. I’ve known for a while that I need to raise prices, but was unsure about where to set rates and when I saw this today it got me thinking. So I thought I’d throw it out there and ask. :)