Plot Twist – Back in Business

Well, I tried to quit. It stuck for a few months. But, as of now, The Book Cover Machine is back in business full-time. Certain events have made this a necessary move for me (some of you may have seen my recent post about pet surgery and unexpected expenses, which is really just the smallest in a chain of much larger events). This was not my plan, but life has a way of changing your plans. I was really hoping to be able to stick to some other ventures and enjoy some family time, and I had a short but sweet span of doing just that, but alas. Yesterday some decisions had to be made that drastically changed our living situation, and in order to make ends meet, it’s back to work I go. At least for the time being, I have to return to this as a source of income.

So! What does this mean? In a nutshell, I’m back. Even though I just said I wouldn’t be. But I am restructuring, so I’ll update when changes to my pricing structure, design process, and website take effect.

For right now, I will be dumping premades into the shop (and posting them here), and you are welcome to contact me for custom work (bookcovermachine@gmail.com).

I apologize if any of my posts have sounded frustrated or chaotic. It’s been quite a ride lately! The good news is, my break allowed me to refresh, and I’m coming back not nearly as burnt-out as I felt when I left.

I hope you all are well. Anything I can help anyone with?

New Premade Covers for a Cause

Getting very little traction on anything these days, reinforcing that I probably made the right decision in quitting awhile back, but I am trying to raise funds for a cause right now, so here I go, trying anyway…

New premade covers (email bookcovermachine@gmail.com if interested):

#1365, available for $60:

#1366, available for $25:

#1367, available for $50:

I will keep making premades until I sell something. What is everyone looking for these days?

If you want to check out my cause, here’s the GoFundMe I just set up: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-pet-surgery-for-baby-moo

Even $5 helps. Feel free to share.

A Quick Drop-In

Just wanted to drop in and post a new premade cover, which I put together to keep my Photoshop skills sharp.

This cover is available for $350. If interested, email me at bookcovermachine@gmail.com. If that price tag makes your heart stop, all I can say is…these types of covers take a lot of time and tedious work, and it’s come to my attention that I’ve been under-selling my work of this nature for years. I recently followed some other cover designers’ pages just for fun, because I love seeing the art, and I was shocked that while I’ve been selling premades for an average of $49 ever since the beginning, many of my contemporaries are raking in $500+ a cover. While I personally would still feel guilty charging that much (and there are definitely some covers that take less time and I’m okay with letting go for $49), it has occurred to me that I SHOULD take into consideration the time that actually goes into each cover, and I shouldn’t feel guilty for charging accordingly.

I am aware that there are many authors on a budget who can’t afford this higher price tag, and I’m happy I’ve been able to provide cheaper options in the past. I’ll probably continue to bust out premades on occasion that fit the cheaper criteria. That said, now that I have 6+ years of experience under my belt, I feel it’s time to promote myself into a higher league, so to speak.

Now that I’ve taken a break from the cover design scene, I’m less burnt out and feeling inspired to make premade covers again, when time allows. This does not mean I’m returning to custom work. I’m still doing a million other things full-time, and even when I think to myself ‘I have a few days where I’ll have time, maybe I can take on a custom project’…these projects almost ALWAYS expand and evolve and end up taking more time than I have.

HOWEVER – if there is something we’ve been working on together, and you feel it’s absolutely necessary to finish up with me and not take it to someone else, I will be checking my email over the next two weeks solely for this purpose. My intention was never to leave anyone hanging. I had to get out for my own health and sanity, and wouldn’t have done you any favors trying to serve you during my burn-out. And, as I mentioned, I’d been trying to get out for some time. All this to say…this is your opportunity to finish up anything we may have started (additional series covers to match others we’ve done, making a paperback version of a cover I’ve done for you, etc). As soon as spots fill for this two week period, I won’t book anything else.

If you reached out to me after my last announcement that I was quitting, please forgive me for missing any messages. When I said I wouldn’t be checking messages anymore, I meant it 😉 If you reached out and didn’t hear from me, please reach out again, and understand I will do my best to get to everyone. My email, in case you need it again: bookcovermachine@gmail.com

All Covers Must Go – Biggest Clearance Event Ever!

Hi all – just wanted to let you guys in on the biggest sale The Book Cover Machine has ever held! I’m in the process of marking my website’s ENTIRE inventory of premade covers down to $25 each. All these covers are on my old hard drive collecting dust and must go. If they don’t sell at the discounted price within the next few weeks, they’ll be going in the trash bin so I don’t have to keep storing them on the off chance that someone will purchase one someday. I really need to prioritize and clear out space for other things! If you’ve had your eye on something, now is the time to get it before it’s gone for good  Not to mention, they’ll never be cheaper than this. Feel free to spread the word! www.thebookcovermachine.com/shop

Hint – if you see a cover that you want but it hasn’t been marked down yet, shoot me a note at bookcovermachine@gmail.com and I’ll mark it down for you!

Premade Banners and Summer Availability

It’s been awhile once again! Quick update on what’s going on in The Book Cover Machine world. I’ve decided to start offering premade banners in addition to premade book covers. These are great as-is if you just want to dress up your author profile, or you can add text, images, book covers, etc., and use them for all your promotional needs! I offer them for $5 each (or a sheet of 7 for $25) on my Facebook page. You can peruse the album here. Lots more coming soon! Also check out a few examples below:

And here are a couple examples of how you might add your book covers for promotional purposes:

Also, regarding summer availability: I have a lot of summer activities, gigs, and commitments stacking up outside of the office, so if you need anything from me before September, GET IT NOW. I’ll still be fulfilling premade orders, but if you were hoping to get any wrap covers, promotional material, etc, now’s the time to do it. Most of you know I don’t really do custom covers anymore, but if you really need something and are willing to pick out your images from depositphotos.com, and have worked with me enough to know you won’t need more than 3 drafts, feel free to inquire so I can help you out over the next week or two. Then I’m out! Email: bookcovermachine@gmail.com

Premium Premade Covers

The first half of this month, I was on vacation in Mexico! It was actually a delayed honeymoon (delayed by almost 2 years), because when we got married, my husband and I prioritized getting a house over having a big wedding or a honeymoon. Still think that was the right decision, but it was amazing to get away at last!

Upon returning, I’m more convinced than ever that the direction I’m taking The Book Cover Machine is the right decision for me (little to no custom work, fancier premades in fantasy genres that I truly love designing, more freedom in my schedule to choose what I want to create and when I want to create it…). This approach has renewed my inspiration! So I’ve been gleefully working on covers like these, just for the pleasure of the artwork:

They were both listed as ‘premium premade covers’ over at The Book Cover Machine’s Facebook page, but as you can see the first one is no longer available, as I decided to keep it for myself and use it as a spin-off to one of my existing mermaid books. I just couldn’t resist.

If you’re interested in the second cover (which I also wanted to keep, but don’t have a story for at the moment), it’s available for $200, and you can inquire by emailing me at bookcovermachine@gmail.com.

I should be adding more regular premade covers (the cheaper ones available for $49 or less) to the shop soon!

(If you did a double-take at the $200 price tag and had a small heart attack and wonder how the leap in price fits in, suffice it to say these ‘premium’ covers take a lot more time, thought, and attention to detail to create, and while I still very much want to offer covers that all my clients can afford, I have also learned the worth of my work. After 5 years in the industry, it’s nice to finally realize the only one who’s limiting me to eating Ramen for the rest of my life is myself, and the low prices I put on my own work 😛 )