Tag Archive: book covers

Two Types of Writers: Plotters and Pantsers

Plotter or Pantser

Writing has always been a passion for the UK-based former journalist Amanda Wills, who now works part-time as a police press officer. Her latest book, Flick Henderson and the Deadly Game, was published in December last year, with a cover design courtesy of Reedsy artist Rachel Lawston. In this article, she talks about two types of writers, Plotters and Pantsers, and the pros and cons of both. Plotter or Pantser Do you plan your novel to the nth degree before you type a single word, or do you sit at your computer, take a deep breath and fly by the... View Article

Cover Critique #1 with Mark Ecob

Cover Bootcamp 1 Header Image

We are very excited to bring you the highlights from our first Reedsy Live Chat, which as promised will be a regular feature in the coming months. Every live chat features one professional from the Reedsy marketplace hosting an interactive session that includes among other things free advice on topics like editing, book design, and marketing. We started things off with our first Cover Critique, a big thanks to the terrific Mark Ecob for an informative session. Mark runs his own design studio and specialises in book cover design. He has worked with large publishing houses like Penguin, Little, Brown and Amazon, as well... View Article

What to expect from your book cover designer

What to expect from your book cover designer

You’ve written a brief and commissioned a designer. What’s next? Bestselling book cover designer Simon Avery explains the process of working with a cover designer, from the first concepts up to the final payment. He also has a very special offer for authors! Professional cover design is part of what makes a bestselling title. So it’s no wonder that successful indie authors are serious about the process. Once you’ve chosen a professional book cover designer the first thing you’ll need is a good brief. You can read an excellent Reedsy article on writing a good brief here. What’s next? Round... View Article

“The importance of hiring a cover design professional”: An interview with Rachel Lawston

Rachel Lawston Designs

The range of freelancer talent available for independent authors today is astonishing. Designer Rachel Lawston, who we interview today, is a perfect example of that. After working in-house for Penguin Random House, she is now freelance and works both for big publishers (HarperCollins) and indie authors. But is it really worth it, for an independent author with a limited budget to invest in such a talented professional for the cover design? We, at Reedsy, firmly believe it is. As we discuss in the interview, many covers out there look very similar. Self-published books are still very much stigmatised by certain... View Article

The success story of an independent book designer: An interview with Mark Ecob

“In a large publishing house, I felt disconnected from the authors. Now I work directly with them, I’ve realised why I do what I do.” The best thing about Reedsy is finding people who do such great work, you start getting excited about having them at your side and helping bring your book to life. Mark Ecob (check his profile here) runs Mecob, a Frome-based design firm with clients around the world. We’ve been posting some of his beautiful covers on Twitter, and interviewed him below – enjoy!     How did you get started in design, and how did you... View Article

How to “spark the curiosity of the readers”

Alejandro Largo is one of our recent additions to Reedsy, and a fantastic designer. You can see some of his beautiful work for a variety of academic titles over at his Reedsy profile. Fun factoid: Alejandro has worked on several covers for texts within the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, sociology, and literature, which are of course some of the most awesome of academic disciplines, at least according to a quick straw poll of the Reedsy offices. Meet Alejandro below. Enjoy!   How did you get started in design, and how did you get into book covers specifically? I... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #6 – Tom Sanderson, Cover Designer

“What I’m interested in about book design is how when you get a project and a brief, you’re very much a visual problem solver. You’re trying to turn a load of words, a manuscript, a blurb, an idea, into a visual package in the most interesting and pick-up-able way. Each cover is different – they may look similar in some respects, but the way you approach them mentally is quite different.” Tom Sanderson is a designer based in Brighton. He’s created book covers for just about every demographic imaginable, from children’s fiction through young adult to adult fiction, commercial and... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #2 – Roberta Hall, Cover Designer

“Each book has its own specific story, its own specific mission and language that it uses. What’s on the cover is there to draw people in but it’s also there to back up the brand itself.” Roberta Hall is our first #FreelancerFriday designer interview. Roberta is a pretty jaw-dropping designer, as you can see from her portfolio, and dedicated to her work. Here she talks through the way she researches in preparation for a project, revealing a serious, studied respect for her art as helping express the message of the book it represents. Her commitment is impressive, and she’ll likely... View Article