Latest Premade Covers

I only got a couple premade covers done today, but am trying to stick with making and sharing something each day, so here they are! Available in the shop soon.

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

The Weekly Machine

This week has been a doozy! But the best kind. I redesigned the blog, complete with a new banner, background, font style, and will be tweaking all the tabs and pages over the next couple days, because everything is SO outdated. Most notable of all, perhaps, is that I FINALLY designed a company logo, after 5 years in business. You would think anyone who’s been in business multiple years would have a logo…but ESPECIALLY SOMEONE WHOSE BUSINESS IS DESIGN… The irony is not lost on me. But I finally have one! Yay!

Next on the list of what I’m most excited about is the new direction I’m going with premade covers:

From the beginning, I have ALWAYS wanted to brand myself more with this type of artwork – more complex, detailed scenes in the vein of fantasy, because that’s what I really love and am passionate about, but as I got bogged down in custom work and requests I kind of never had time to make what I wanted, and really got burnt-out creatively as well. But now I’m being extremely picky about the custom projects I take on (and how often I take them on), and am focusing more on what I get inspired to create. You can expect a lot more covers like this! Although they do make more time, so they won’t get cranked out quite like the rest.

Due to the romance cover demand, and how quickly they seem to sell after I post them, I will be doing more of those as well. Here are a couple new ones from yesterday:

And here’s a look at the latest custom cover, which exemplifies the type of project I’m most willing to take on these days, very fantasy-esque:

Last but not least, I want to invite everyone to come hang out over at my Facebook page: Come Hang Out with Me! You get a much more ‘live’ experience over there, can participate in ‘flash’ sales, peruse clearance covers, chat with yours truly, etc. Hope to see you around!