What it takes to Create Cover Art for an Independently Published Book

How do you take this:

Phoenix Angel Cover RawGuardian of time raw2

And turn it into this:


Lets be honest: A lot of work goes into making a cover for anything. So when it comes to publishing a book independently, it’s not any different. Normally, with a big publisher, you take what they give you. But publishing independently, you get to choose. There are two routes you can take, 1)select a pre-made general cover provided by independent publishing company, or 2) like us, you can have your cover designed by an independent artist. The second path isn’t easy. There are a lot of steps to be considered:

1. Find an artist who has talent, knows how to do market research, and knows how to format.

2. Next, our artist decided to create our covers from a real life picture of a real human being. That meant finding a model that fit what we needed, both in looks and stature. After that, we needed a photographer, costume, and money to pay both people for their work. Those who do this process, always remember: have your model, artist and photographer sign the proper waivers and photo releases so you have the rights to use their work.

3. After completing the photoshoot, the artist takes over. We have several meetings, talking about what we do and don’t like, until finally, a first draft appears. (Something to consider, not all fonts are free, some are copyrighted. Remember to check that before you publish anything. Never use anything copyrighted without written permission or paying the royalty fee.) Then it goes back to the artist. We follow this process until the final product is done.

4. Different books have different sizes, and depending on your publisher, you will need certain formats and dimensions for your cover to work out correctly on your book. Don’t be offended if they send it back with corrections, its just the process. Always, always, always remember to do your research.

Exciting news for our readers: we have just started this process for book 3.  More soon!


About shardwell

C. Hall has been addicted to the many worlds of fantasy and science fiction all her life. She joined her first peer writers’ group in the sixth grade, joyfully sharing world building at a young age. A graduate of Southern Utah University, she now teaches at a local charter school. When she isn’t busy designing activities for her Mythology class or going on field trips with the Star Wars Club, she is spending time with her sister. C. Hall’s favorite authors include J.R.R Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Tracy Hickman.

2 responses to “What it takes to Create Cover Art for an Independently Published Book”

  1. LessOfMet says :

    I can’t wait to see the cover! I simply love the covers you have so far, they’re really pretty and well done :>

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