Here’s a very handy reference ‘cheat-sheet’ created by ProofreadingServices.com: 128 Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’. Very useful… D’oh! 🙂
At the end of September 2015 I replied to a Craigslist ad for a book cover artist to design Christian book covers for an independent Christian publisher called AnekoPress. This has resulted in a true blessing and has developed into a very fulfilling, uplifting and rewarding working relationship. (Check out my Christian Book Covers to see what I’ve been doing for AnekoPress.)
It is an honor for me to serve the Christian writers’ community and to be able to apply the creative talent that God has given me and all the practical knowledge and skills that I have acquired over the years and to use them to “do God’s work”.
In the previous years I have been mostly working with businesses on designing marketing graphics, including non-fiction ebook covers for online marketers. However I always felt that there was a good part of my creative potential that was not being fully realized. So over the past year I have made a shift towards designing “real” book covers.
And now I realize that THIS is what I have always been wanting to do. I absolutely love creating unique, compelling book covers! However, once I immersed myself in the book cover industry, I quickly realized that it comprises a wide range of genres and themes, some of which I would not be able to cater to as a Christian.
Discovering the Christian writers and publishers community was a dream come true… or, rather, an answer to my prayers. 🙂
I do see this as a ministry opportunity and I do have a deep and sincere desire to serve the Christian authors’ community. And I think this is a very important point for you to consider if you are trying to decide whether you’d like to give Book Cover Labs try. You may rest assured that I will put all my creativity, enthusiasm, and responsibility into your project. I stand 100% behind the quality of my work and I won’t rest until you are 100% satisfied and happy with the result.
Give me a try and see if I could be the book cover artist you’ve been looking for. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” 🙂
I have just finished working on a book cover for a young Christian author, Rebekah Palmer. She is a very interesting author – a teenager, writing for teenagers! I was mightily impressed when I learned that – it’s not often that you find accomplished book authors among modern teenagers.
The book cover I worked on was actually Rebekah’s second book and had a common theme with the first one, so it was suggested to treat them like a series and make sure the new cover resembles the first one in some way. The first book is titled A Letter to My Friend (take a look to see the cover) and the second book is called A Letter to Myself.
Here is the cover for the new book:
Ever been told to keep someone else’s secret? Or to remain quiet for sake of appearance and reputation over truth? In light of the Holy Spirit over man-driven agendas lurking within the church, this book uses the authors personal experiences in poetry and prose, along with Scripture and current advocacy data to bring about a picture inside the mind, of a youth who was silenced instead of protected.
Rebekah Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary Christian education and a certificate in writing for children and teenagers. She currently resides and writes in Northern Wisconsin. She shows her passion for others through teaching and advocacy.
Feedback from the Author on the new book cover: “I really like the color concept to match my first book. Nice! I think the bird and cage and tree are actually quite perfect too […] I am very happy with the visual cover. Thank you so much! P.S. I like the reappearance of the stamp in the right hand corner and the almost glass-like pattern in the background too!”
And feedback from the Publisher: “Rebekah’s cover looks great. I like that overlay you’ve got going on with the sparrow’s wing, and the more-subtle cage.”
I have just finished a book cover redesign for a Christian book that is being republished under a new title.
Old title: The Mystery of the Will of God (requested to be mentioned on the cover).
New title: Until the Day Breaks and the Shadows Flee Away
Author: Russell Stendal
There were no directions for the look and feel of the cover, other than “wanting something that looks like other books in its genre as the main criteria.” The book is about preparing spiritually for the end times and is more of a Bible study than anything else.
Feedback from publisher: “The cover looks professional and fits the topic of the book very well. Thanks Nat, I’m very happy with the way this cover turned out.”
Check it out below – click on the image thumbnails to enlarge the images.