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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne Schlea | 41 comments I write, making pretty artwork is not one of my super powers. Does anyone have a professional artist/company you've worked with that you love? Genre: Urban Fantasy

message 2: by A.A. (new)

A.A. Bavar (aabavar) | 23 comments Hi Anne,

I hear you! :)

If you would like, PM me and I'll be glad to recommend a fantastic artist. She is truly talented and has done a lot for me and other authors. Talk to you soon.

Warmest regards,
A. A.

message 3: by White Diamond Editing (last edited Apr 24, 2019 05:10AM) (new)

White Diamond Editing (wwwgoodreadscomwhitediamondedits) | 22 comments Hi Anne,

Cover design is one of those things that, just like the writing inside, has to be the best it can in order to draw a reader in. Most people really do judge a book by its cover; it's the first thing they see that will draw them to your book, before they read the blurb etc, so it has be eye-catching, clear and sit within the genre correctly.

If you would like to send me a PM I can offer you some guidance on this.

Best wishes

message 4: by Tomas, Wandering dreamer (new)

Tomas Grizzly | 694 comments Mod
Sophia, please mind the no-link rule. I understand you want to help so if you could remove it from your post and instead offer to send it via PM to people who are interested, similar to the people who responded before you?

message 5: by Greg (new)

Greg (wwwgoodreadscomgregs) | 12 comments I have been a graphic designer in the publishing industry for 30+ years and have lost count of the number of books and covers I've done. If you want to reach out for more details please PM me and I'll get back to you. I've also published 4 books and designed the covers for each.

message 6: by Meena (new)

Meena Love | 10 comments Feel free to PM me for someone I worked with/saw great work of.

message 7: by James (new)

James | 3 comments Matt Cresswell at Inkspiral Design is excellent, and very reasonable. No links, so no link, but you will find him, oddly enough, at Inkspiral Design.

message 8: by Andy (new)

Andy Giesler (andy_giesler) | 70 comments Jeff Brown, with Jeff Brown Graphics, does great work. He specializes in sci-fi and fantasy, and he's worked with me on a hybrid. If he hasn't done urban fantasy, I assume it wouldn't be a stretch for him.

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B.A. A. Mealer | 840 comments 100 covers is the one I use...$100 for an e-book, $300 for print. I've heard good things about 99 covers but haven't ever tried them. UpWork or Reedsy are two other places to look. I like Upwork as you can play let's make a deal. Fivver is all about who you get. You need to be careful of them as some of them do use images to which they have no license.

message 10: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 367 comments I've grabbed my cover artists through 99 Designs. I'm thrilled by the first artist's work. My latest cover should be ready in a few days (new guy for a new genre).

message 11: by Andy (new)

Andy Giesler (andy_giesler) | 70 comments B.A. wrote: "UpWork or Reedsy are two other places to look.."

Good point—marketplaces are a good option.

I used Reedsy to connect with an editor and a marketing specialist, and I looked there for covers before finding my designer elsewhere. What I liked about Reedsy was that it's a flea market approach, where you can find a large group of designers in one place along with reviews from actual customers. You'll find reviews on the designers' websites, but it's a safe bet that they won't post negative ones.

The cost of Reedsy is a literal one, since there's a percentage fee for brokering the connection, curating reviews, etc. But somebody has to host the flea market.

message 12: by Anne (new)

Anne Schlea | 41 comments Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm checking out some of these. I appreciate the help!

message 13: by Micah (last edited Apr 26, 2019 07:59AM) (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments As with most things, it really depends on how much you're able to spend.

For custom made designs I've used Damonza, who I've seen getting really good reviews from online book design review/awards sites. They are really good to work with but are on the pricier side (unless you've got $$ for true "from scratch" designs).

For novels and novellas I tend to go more expensive. For shorter works I usually find pre-mades.

For pre-made covers (you just have them add your title/author name) I've used Goonwrite. You can get some decent designs for pretty cheap (like $30 for a single cover and it gets cheaper per cover if you buy several designs). Again, they're very good to work with.

message 14: by Carro (last edited Apr 30, 2019 12:14AM) (new)

Carro | 69 comments If you are writing a series, remember to set up for the "series look". Try looking at Helen Harper's Slouch Witch trilogy for example - that may have been on the more expensive end. What I suspect was a bit cheaper, was Brad Magnarella's Professor Croft series - varying figure pose a little and background.
I would also check that the cover artist, however good, knows your genre. You might want to find published books that are like yours - successful published books with a sales rank and a number of reviews - and see how they handle the covers. Also note that trad pub companies, and sometimes these days indie, will relaunch under new covers - the old weren't selling, or there has been a new very successful book come out that is similar so they re-badge to align their book with the new book - so look at the publication date as well.
Couple of other thoughts - need to read up on person images and model release and reasonable use - as in the way the picture is being used couldn't cause harm to the person in it. Also not all book covers are person and background - urban fantasy does have a lot of that, but try also looking at Benedict Jacka's covers, Ben Aaronovitch, and Cogman's Invisible Library series.

message 15: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Williams (thewrongwriter) | 29 comments Coming in late here, but Paul Marquis of Marquis Illustration is a good friend of mine. He's doing a cover for my dystopian sci-fi novel as we speak. Sci-fi covers are one of his favorite things, and he's incredibly good at them. A simple "Marquis Illustration" search should find him.

message 16: by Rena (new)

Rena Violet (coversbyviolet) | 2 comments Me! :)

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