How to find a book cover designer
You’ve decided to hire a designer to design your book cover! Awesome! So where does a writer start?
Using search terms like “Book cover designer” or “book cover design for self publishing” is effective. The more refined you are the better results you’ll get. Add keywords like your location, your genre, ‘affordable‘, or ‘beautiful‘. Try “book cover design” and get familiar with different websites, designers, archives or galleries. If you see some that you love follow through to the website of the graphic designer to get in touch with them.
Facebook and Twitter are amazing resources as search engines. Get in touch with your writing community, ask other self published authors if they had good experiences with their designers or if there’s someone they can suggest. Try using this example:
This is an especially good resource to use since people’s experiences are usually a reliable way to find someone who will work well for you.
The majority of books will mention the cover designer on the inside, possibly on the copyright page or at the back. Pick up a couple of paperbacks you like the look of and check inside. If you put their name in to your search engine that should populate their contact details so you can get in touch with them for a quote. If you can’t find the designer in the book get in touch with the publisher and ask them for the details.
Search your regular writing forum and see if there are posts about book designers, experiences, and/or results. Writer’s love showing the end product, and they’re more than willing to share the details of the designer with the forum. If they haven’t, PM the user and ask them if they can provide you the details.
What do you do to find the right designer?
What do you say when you want to get in contact with the designer?
That is usually enough information to get the ball rolling. Why not get out there now and start window shopping for your book cover? Or head over and read about the 4 things that will make you the perfect client for a designer, to prepare yourself.
Share your experiences below! Have you had difficulty finding a book cover designer? What would make it easier? What resources did you use to find the right designer for you?