About me – Fascinated by the infinite possibility and nuance of how word and image combine – how they complement, invigorate, heighten each other - I have been distilling ideas into paint and ink for longer than I can remember.
effective Cover Design
Effective cover design should work on two levels: it needs immediate impact – leaping off the shelf into the reader/buyer’s eye – but also some depth. The latter is important because a reader develops a unique relationship with each book: every time he/she returns to the book that bond is forged afresh, tempered by the ongoing engagement with the narrative. To this end, it is good to incorporate elements that only reveal/explain themselves gradually, along with the plot.
What to avoid?
Generally the first ideas that come into your head.
Four covers you designed that best represent you
How I work with authors
I do enjoy a dialogue with an authors about the design, but it is vital that the manuscript itself provides the initial key to a cover, as that, ultimately, represents what the reader will experience.
(with slight British reluctance to disclose) In a perfect world from £1000 per cover, but in reality anything if it is a project I want to be involved in.