It was back in 1998 when I officially started designing books. I was freelancing for a medium-sized book publisher who needed cover designs pumped out at almost factory-style speed.
At the time, I was a Zombie Mom; a "Mombie" if you will—awake 24 hours a day with a high-energy toddler boy and a newborn who had her days and nights confused—so the idea of flexible hours was appealing during my Walk With The Dead.
My 3 a.m. quality time with Miss Nightlife often took place in a dark basement office. But my one-handed typing skills were on-point, so there was that.
About a year later, with 200+ cover designs under my belt and countless cups of strong coffee, I decided to break away from the craziness and launch my own niche design business online. For several years I tooled along happily, me and my trusty Photoshop 4.0.
But with this new self-publishing era came the Do-It-Yourselfers who wanted an easy way to create and submit their own high-quality covers, confidently and cost effectively. I wanted to find a way to help this budget-minded group design covers that still looked like they spent $$$ on professional design.
So, I got busy! I wire-framed an idea for software that contained all the tools available to create professional-quality book covers, without the need for artistic skill.
With this concept, my developers and I spent about a year in beta-testing to launch a comprehensive, downloadable cover design program that can set the specs like size, spine, trim, resolution, and mode; with a toolbar for customizing text, images, embellishments, colors, ISBN barcode, and ebook conversion.
A few months later I launched our templates gallery with some nice, fully-editable, plug+go designs to provide a jumpstart for layout and position.
Since 2007, this program has helped thousands of indie authors create their own amazing covers.
And the best part about it? I provide a FREE assessment of my customer's covers. Just shoot me over your finished design and I will give you a professional Creative Critique+Tweak for optimum sell.
I mean, who else does that? ;)
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