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D.M. Dutcher  | 9 comments Hiya, I'm just finishing up my first novel for self-publication, and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend some good cover artists/designers. Any advice or tips on cover design would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance!

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N.L. Dufour (nldufour) | 3 comments i just finished the cover for my first book - i worked with a graphic designer off elance. she was amazing to work with and very cheap! feel free to email me if you have questions. if you go to you can see some of her information on my homepage as well as my e-book cover. i think i took down all the variations we worked on but she is super easy to work with. she never complained when i asked to move this or change that. she nailed my overall image right off the bat. -- thats her elance page

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L.A. (TicToc) | 19 comments I have not used them yet, but this was recommended to me when my book is ready.

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D.M. Dutcher  | 9 comments Thanks for the recommendations, everyone

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Harriet Schultz | 20 comments Melanie at Ink Slinger Designs has done two great covers for me ("Legacy of the Highlands" and "Lust and Honor"). She's easy to work with, creative and reasonably priced.

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Rai | 1 comments Hi there,

I've used fellow author, Gary Val Tenuta, who is also a very talented book cover designer:

I've recommended him to others, too. He does a great job & is very nice to work with.



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D.M. Dutcher  | 9 comments I chose Deer Watson Media, and I wanted to reply back and say that they did a great job. They were quick, getting it done in two days, had no problems with making changes or replying quickly to me, and had a good sense of design.

I didn't choose them based on price, but on how one of their commissioned works looked as it was close to my own idea of the cover I wanted. I definitely recommend them, and I'm glad I chose them for my first cover.

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Blakely (bchorpenning) | 8 comments I use They are fast, professional, and my book covers look like I've spend hundreds of dollars on them. Indie Designz really listens to what you want and has the artistic gift to deliver.

My second book cover will debut in the next week, but you can look me up to see my first cover. And please, this is not a shameless plug for myself. I think I spend more time gushing over my cover art rather than selling books. Ha.

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Joanne Tombrakos | 4 comments I highly recommend Wendy Bass. I have used her twice and she is fantastic.

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Mirti Venyon | 8 comments Great new website by a friend:
Stylish covers at affordable prices!
Pre-made and custom-made.

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Heidi Acosta (heidiacosta) | 5 comments Yes my cover art was done by Regina Wamba @ She is fast, friendly, and is quick to reply to emails She is also affordable

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Rebekah Martin (martinbeks) | 16 comments I used a friend from college who is a graphic designer, and I LOVED her work. Her website is I don't know what she'd charge, though, but I'm sure it's negotiable.

message 13: by Seeley (last edited Jan 02, 2013 04:22PM) (new)

Seeley James (seeleyjames) For all things Indies need, I recommend The Editorial Department; pricey but very high quality work. They arranged to have Pete Garceau, an award winning cover designer work up something that would function for hardcover, softcover, ebook and ads.

Peace, Seeley

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Christoph Fischer | 5 comments Mine was done by The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

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Thaddeus White | 24 comments Old thread, but it seems like one that could be of use to new readers.

Both my covers have been done by Lee Yoong (, and, as well as being delighted with the end result, she was very good to work with.

Journey to Altmortis by Thaddeus White Bane of Souls by Thaddeus White

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Kit Morgan (authorkitmorgan) | 17 comments The Killion Group is great! They do cover art for Indie authors and some of the bigger publishing houses as well, and they are pretty affordable!

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Nicola Lane (nicolane) | 1 comments I have a friend who does covers at reasonable rates -

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Anthony Land (goodreadscomanthony_land) | 3 comments I was immensely pleased with the cover Teddi Black designed for my novel IDIOT'S. TALE--so delighted, in fact, that I included a title credit in the forepiece of the book. I spent many years in advertising and worked with numerous designers. She tops the list of those I would reccomend to someone unaccustomed to dealing with design issues. She acquainted herself thoroughly with the story, listened patiently to my suggestions, worked quickly and closely with me on alternative approaches and ended up delivering a design that incorporated only one of my ideas but was far better than my original concept. And the price for the job was very reasonable. Her web site is

Idiot's Tale

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Debbie | 1 comments Glad you managed to get a great cover for your novel :)
I know this is quite an old thread but if there are any new readers checking it for ideas or info, we offer high quality ebook covers in most genres. If you are looking for a professionally designed cover please take a look at We do as many revisions as you wish until you're 100% happy.

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Deanna Dionne (CustomIndieCovers) | 3 comments Jaye wrote: "Wonderful graphic designer who has experience in cover design. The web site is to die for."

Hello Jaye, thank you for recommending me for custom covers! I am pleased to say that I now have a website specifically dedicated to book covers, in which I also sell pre-made covers. This is Custom Indie Covers.

-Deanna Dionne

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Judah Freed (judahfreed) | 17 comments Book Cover Crowdsourcing, Round 2

Please participate in the second round of my book cover crowdsourcing project, inviting you to use the democratic process help me pick the best possible book cover. I have now eliminated covers that did not get enough votes to merit further consideration. Please pick your one favorite:

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Martin | 4 comments Perhaps I have a touch of bias here, but I have used my son, Chris McMorrow for both of my covers. He works for High Sierra during the day and freelances on posters, records, logos, billboards, and book covers at night. Check out his portfolio at

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Paris Cross (authorpariscross) | 6 comments D.M. wrote: "Hiya, I'm just finishing up my first novel for self-publication, and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend some good cover artists/designers. Any advice or tips on cover design would be appreciated..."

Hi D.M.

I'd love to help you out with your cover design if you need one. I am a new author, Amber Cross, as well as a current cover designer with 9 years experience and a Bachelor's degree in design. You can review my portfolio here:

Here are some of the covers I designed for a few Goodreads Authors:

Dreamscape Netherworld Book I by Christie Rich Angel of Mercy (Cambion, #3) by Shannon Dermott Have No Mercy (Cambion, #4) by Shannon Dermott Through the Lens (Through the Lens, #1) by Shannon Dermott Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2) by Nancy Straight Meeting Destiny, Destiny's Revenge and Destiny's Wrath (Destiny, #1-3) by Nancy Straight The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel) by Kirkus MacGowan Wrath (a John Reeves Novel) by Kirkus MacGowan Tragically Flawed (Tragic, #1) by A.M. Hargrove Flightless Bird (Flightless Bird, #1) by Paulina Ulrich Five (Elemental Enmity, #1) by Christie Rich Origin of Angels (Elemental Legacy Book 1) by Christie Rich Tainted (Netherworld Book II) by Christie Rich His Frozen Heart (Brewer Brothers, #1) by Nancy Straight Goodbye Isn't Forever by Ellie Buckler

I work with all types of budgets, so just contact me using my contact form on my website and we can work something out! :)

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Anthony Land (goodreadscomanthony_land) | 3 comments I highly recommend Teddi Back, who designed the cover for my novel Idiot's Tale. I spent many years in advertising, and worked with many designers. Teddi ranks with the best of them. She grounded herself thoroughly on the story and tone of the novel, listened attentively to my ideas and suggestions and In very short order, produced a striking cover that exactly captured the dark essence of it. The cost was extremely reasonable. Teddi' s web site is
The best advice I can give you about working with a designer is don't micromanage the project. State your ideas and suggestions for the cover clearly, answer all questions thoroughly, and don't let your insecurity or ego get in the way. Step back and let the designer work. The cover for Idiot's Tale is not what I had envisioned. Indeed, it contains, as I recall, only two of the elements I suggested. The principal way that it differs from my original concept is that it is a helluva lot better! No one knows your novel as well as you do, but a good designer will see past your ideas to the VISUAL essence of it, if you give him or her the necessary information and creative freedom.

message 25: by Martin (new)

Martin | 4 comments My son does all my stuff. Check his portfolio at

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Sonia Marsh (gutsyliving) | 2 comments I went with a professional company and also won an award for my book cover. The company is 1106 Design.

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Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli (visigraf) | 3 comments My two books were designed by Visigraf communications & design, including the covers (, email Sensitive, aware, and visually compelling, the covers and formatted interiors were also affordable. Highly recommended.

message 28: by Emily (last edited Jan 18, 2014 11:28AM) (new)

Emily Halley (emhalley) | 1 comments Try Book Creatives. They can help you make your cover look like a bestseller.

message 29: by Susan (new)

Susan Reiss (susanreiss) I highly recommend Damon Za.
He's thoughtful, conscientious, very professional... and he listens! He asks that you prepare a "brief" about your book which serves as his inspiration for the work. Do this well and the artwork will reflect the character and appeal of your book. He's clever at designing a bookmark to go with the cover, too. And I think his pricing is fair. Good luck!

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Mark | 2 comments I highly recommend Kit Foster design. He did my cover for The Alliance of Remarkable Landlords.

He was happy to send me multiple drafts, replying to my emails promptly and taken into account my suggestions without issue.

Here's his website.

message 31: by Katheryn (new)

Katheryn Avila (katheryn_avila) You should look into Deranged Doctor Design:

They did the cover for my novel and are absolutely awesome, affordable, and great to work with. You can check them out on Goodreads, too:

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message 33: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo (ricardofayet) | 6 comments Old thread, but I'm sure you'll be interested in knowing about Reedsy. We have patiently built a super-curated network of the very best editors and designers out there. Here are a few examples:

Hugh Howey's designer:
Stephen King's designer:
George R.R. Martin's designer:
A.L. Kennedy's designer:

It's free to connect with them and ask for information or quotes. We offer a satisfaction guarantee (money-back), whoever you end up working with.

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