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Custom Cover Illustration & Design Services
What Do You Look For In A Cover Design?
Hi, my name is Michelle Rene and I am a freelance cover designer and illustrator. I also contract through several publishers as a cover designer and illustrator.
I am published in six genres and my creative diversity shows in my various works. Some of my designs were previously published in Creative Review magazine. I am an artist and have a true passion for my work.
I think a great cover design engages the viewer by drawing them in with a design style that speaks for the story. Branding the author is imperative, the designer is responsible for presenting their image as a first impression to the public, special thought and time should go into font, color scheme and placement.
As a designer I feel that hearing the heart of the story from you, the author, your passion for your creation fuels my creativity and design process. I want my authors to feel that my illustration and design is the vision they hoped for in representing their work to the public. I want to pull potential readers in with the cover design, it has to stand out from the rest as a unique work of art.
I also design social and website banners, posters for book tours, bookmarks, book teasers, and business cards, all for your book marketing efforts.
I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
Find out more about me at
Michelle Rene Goodhew
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NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
I have done my best to break this up into reasonable sections. It has taken me some considerable time to develop this list that is packed with some of the best and immediately useful things you will find on the internet or waste hours or even months searching for on your own. I will be updating this list often and if you have a golden ticket item you think should be included please let me know so everyone can benefit 🙂
Top Links and Resources
- Most Helpful Articles
- Education for Writers and Publishers
- Useful Webinars
- My Additional Groups (this section will move to my bio page later)
- Additional Relevant Resources
- The NaNoWriMo Blog and Information
- Various Pictures and Lists For Getting Noticed as a Writer – Contests
Soon to come:
- Top Videos On Writing
- Top Books On Writing
- More educational resources
- Blogs You Should Follow
- More about marketing
- Publishing Houses with contact info for submission
- All About Covers, Cover Designers and Illustrators
- STRATEGY – A Plan of Attack for all this info – DIRECTIONS
Never give up on your dream, it is possible if you apply yourself.
YOU CAN DO IT!
AAUPA- Association of American University Presses
Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. – See more at: http://www.aaupnet.org/#sthash.nfduP0D8.dpuf
IBPA – Independent Book Publishers Association
Proudly serving the indie publishing community since 1983. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the indie publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. If you’re an indie publisher, self-published author, small press, or mid-sized publisher. IBPA makes it easier for indie book publishers and self-published authors to navigate the sometimes intimidating publishing process.
Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Whether you’ve never written before, or published multiple books, Wattpad offers benefits for writers of all levels.
Kindle – Direct Publishing
Publish your book for free. With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can easily publish your book and reach millions of readers while maintaining complete control of your work. Earn royalties of up to 70%. Available for sales to customers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Publish quickly. Create and publish in just minutes and have your book appear on Amazon sites within two days. Distribute globally. Publish once and sell worldwide on Amazon sites. Easily publish your book in multiple languages. Publish to the Kindle ecosystem. Make your book available for all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.
Createspace – Amazon Independent publishing from start to finish.
Join the world of published authors with CreateSpace’s easy-to-use independent publishing tools. You’ll find everything you need to create, publish and distribute your book for free. Keep control. Maintain complete creative control and own your copyright with our non-exclusive agreement. Publish easily. Use free tools to build and publish your book. Get to market fast. Have your work published and available in just a few days. Distribute globally. Reach readers worldwide through Amazon.com and Amazon’s European websites. Earn high royalties. Set your list price and receive industry-leading royalties.
ACX –Amazon Audiobook Platform
ACX is a marketplace where authors, agents, publishers and other audio Rights Holders can post audiobook rights to both new frontlist titles and to backlist titles that were never published as audiobooks. At ACX, projects seeking narrators are matched with Producers, which include audiobook publishers, narrators, engineers, and recording studios. Rights Holders and Producers negotiate a fee based on the cost per finished hour of the book, or they can choose to forgo upfront payment and share all royalties earned from sales of the finished audiobook. Once the Producer completes the recording and engineering of the audiobook production, the finished audiobook is distributed to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
The Scribophile Writing Academy is a collection of free writing resources produced by members of the Scribophile community who are writing professionals.
Pubslush is a crowdfunding platform built exclusively for the literary world. It was founded when books and other literary projects were often overlooked next to dynamic, visual projects such as films and inventions on the available crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Campaigners are able to set a minimum and maximum goal through Pubslush. The minimum goal is the amount a project will need in order to fulfill their rewards and publishing goals and isn’t displayed publicly. Even if a campaign doesn’t reach the maximum goal, so long as it surpasses the minimum goal campaigners will receive the funds they raised. A campaign’s minimum must be $500 or above.
There are no costs to use the basic Pubslush services. Pubslush is completely free and risk free. If a campaigner raises over the minimum goal set for themselves, Pubslush takes only 4% of what the campaigner raises during the time of campaign.
SPAWN – Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network
The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.
SPAWN also encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits. On this Web site you will find information on writing, marketing, and publishing. It also offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media.
Author U (niversity) is a non-profit membership community of authors, writers and publishers and registered as a 501 (c)6 with the IRS. It’s for you to if you want to learn about …
- Writing a book, resurrecting a book, or just supporting a book;
- Creating one that will find a following;
- Strategizing the steps to be successful;
- Developing a game-plan that has roots;
- Designing a book that is the right fit for your audience;
- Publishing a book that turns heads;
- Marketing moxie that creates results;
- Social media strategies that are book and author friendly;
- Publicity tactics that work;
- Crowdfunding for Authors and Books;
- Gizmos, gadgets and technology; and
- Achieving Amazing Results
Is there a book in you? Or another? Or does your book need a makeover? Author U will show you how to create, develop and publish your book without being hoodwinked. If you already have a book out, you will find a supportive and brain-storming community that is connected and creative.
JKSCommunications – A Literary Publicity Agency
A full-service literary publicity firm that represents some of the finest publishers, authors and books in the United States. Our team consists of professionals who specialize in media relations, new-model book tours, social networking, online visibility, book trailer production and website development specifically for the book publishing industry.
Our business model takes into account the life-style and comfort level of authors to promote books in a way that works best for them so that they will enjoy the experience, be more relaxed and spend more time on making their book a success. We help build the platform for and promote books and authors in ways that are time consuming and impossible for authors to do themselves.
The Book Consultant Articles
Articles focusing on self-publishing and online marketing. The Web site has more than 200 articles on publishing, marketing, writing, graphics, printing, layout, design, Web sites, ecommerce and more.
Editorial Freelancers Association
As a publisher or author, you want qualified professionals to work on your manuscript or project. Where else to find them than through the largest and oldest national professional organization of editorial freelancers? As a freelancer, you owe it to yourself to be a part of that organization, which is dedicated to supporting its membership and your freelance career.
Independent Editors Group
The Independent Editors Group is the premier professional affiliation of New York City-based, freelance editors/book doctors/ghostwriters who work with writers, editors, publishers and agents in trade book publishing.
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington DC 20559-6000
BOOK PUBLISHERS NORTHWEST
Tom Masters, President
Most Helpful Articles
eBook formatting tips for self-published authors
How to Publish a Book on Amazon
Freelance Editing: How to Hire an Editor for Your Book or Query Letter
Vetting an Independent Editor
How to find the independent editor that’s right for you
How to Set the Right Price for Your Self-Published Book
Book Pricing Basics – Setting the Retail Price for Your Book
DIY: How to Price a Self-Published E-Book
How to Get Feedback on Your Writing (and Sort the Good from the Bad)
3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers
How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books
Education for Writers and Publishers
Writers Digest University
You’ve never written anything: For first time authors the thought of finishing a first draft can seem as achievable as running a marathon. That’s why our workshops are developed and led by professionals who have been in the same exact spot as you and come out on top.
If you have an idea for a novel but just don’t know how to get started or are having a hard time getting the first draft down on paper our intro workshop, 12 Weeks to a First Draft is the perfect first step for you!
You have some writing experience: Have you ever heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”? The saying rings as true now as it did when it was first spoken. Writers of all levels can benefit from our workshops to help them get to their next level. So if you want to improve your characterization, dialogue, storytelling, or venture into a new genre or topic of writing, we have a workshop for you!
If you are a professional author: The Writer’s Digest Shop has something for you too! While you’ve perfected the art of the written word, the rewriting process is always daunting. Let us help with our army of professional critique editors.
IBPA’s Institution on OpenLearning
Online education for independent publishers and self-published authors.
On April 30, 2014, IBPA announced OpenLearning, an exciting new member benefit. OpenLearning is a cloud-based e-learning platform that integrates social media techniques — including chatting, posting comments, blogging, and sharing materials — with quality educational content. IBPA’s institution within OpenLearning houses Ask the Experts, Pre-Recorded IBPA Webinars, and other courses created specifically for IBPA members.
Stanford Creative Writing Courses
The Online Writing Program at Stanford Continuing Studies, which offers dynamic courses in every genre, also hosts the Certificate Program in Novel Writing. The Certificate Program builds on the success and excellent teaching of our regular online writing courses with the goal of providing a structured environment in which you can write your novel.
Yale Publishing Course
Here’s a great tutorial on e-book publishing and marketing. You’ll learn the basics of formatting and design, distribution, and selling strategies for Amazon. This webinar aired in October 2013 and is available for viewing whenever you want!
A number of wonderful, free (or cheap) webinars are available online thanks to the Houston Writers Guild. The topic of creating community among writers is particularly important and rarely discussed, which is why we were thrilled to discover this fantastic free webinar. It’s already been uploaded and ready to view whenever the mood strikes you. While you’re at it, check out Houston Writers Guilds’ other free webinars.
While the thought of writing a grant proposal may not tickle your fancy, it’s a skill that’s highly sought after and could land you a job. Grant writing is an excellent way to translate your writing abilities into a full-time career. If you’d like to get a better grasp of what it’s all about, this is the webinar for you.
Get insider tips on structuring your movie script and tailoring it for your audience. You’ll also learn how to market your screenplay using a logline, your one-line pitch. If you’re interested in screenwriting or looking to broaden your knowledge base, you can access this webinar for free and watch it on-demand.
My Additional Groups
Additional Relevant Resources
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.Here’s a little more about how it all works.
National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. You know how writing makes the world a more creative, vibrant place. Through NaNoWriMo—as well as our Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program, and Camp NaNoWriMo—we work hard to empower and encourage that vibrant creativity around the world. We can’t do it without writers like you.
- The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines for the current year.