Most of my professional design experience is in non-fiction. Books on martial arts, violence dynamics, history, memoirs…they’re some of my favorites. With non-fiction books, frequently the client has images of their own that they’d like to use. It’s extremely important that the people in these images, if they’re other than the author, have signed model releases. It’s also important that if someone other than the author took the image that they want for the cover, that they have permission from the photographer to use the image. You may not need to get the photographer’s permission if the image was taken with the author’s camera or phone for the author’s own use. Copyright law is not super-complicated, but there are nuances that a lot of people don’t understand, so you can expect that I’ll ask some questions and give you what information I have about image use. I’m not a lawyer, though! If I have the slightest doubt I will usually suggest that either you consult a copyright lawyer, that you purchase a stock image (or I may purchase a stock image on your behalf), or you use an image that is free and clear of any copyright issues.
I specialize in contemporary, retro, and paranormal covers with occasional forays into fantasy and mystery. If my fiction covers are not quite what you’re looking for, I can refer you to some amazing cover artists. My priority is your complete satisfaction!
The interior design isn’t usually the thing that sells a book, but once a reader takes a peek inside, a poor quality interior design can sink a potential sale. After all, if the interior design is poor, why would a reader believe that the content is well written, well edited and proofread? Countless times I’ve seen a high quality, beautiful interior design sell a book to a customer who was on the fence about buying a book. Whether you struggle with book interior templates or want something special or truly custom, I can help the interior of your book look its best.
Sometimes it’s easier to get a designer to help you set up your business card, stationary, or banner. If you’re basing your brand on your books, a book designer may be just what you need to create consistency and quality when it comes to your marketing and presentation materials.