We only recommend those cover designers that we know have done good work, for a reasonable price, in a reasonable amount of time.  For those of you who remember Rick Capidamonte being here at Booknook.biz for several years, we're happy to tell you that he's gone on to his "real" career (the career he actually trained for) as a Stage Manager for a high-flying show--making the big bucks now!  So he's no longer accepting cover clients.  If you've been one of Rick's clients, let us know, and we'll help you find a new designer if we can.  Here are the cover designers that we recommend:

  1. Todd Hebertson: http://bookcoverart.webs.com . We've done work with Todd for ages, and a lot of our customers are delighted with him.  
  2. Kib Prestridge, at http://kib647.wixsite.com/kibprestridge , offers terrific covers at good prices.  He can also do other types of needed artwork, like maps for your book.  
  3. Tell-Tale Cover Designs (Linda Boulanger):  Linda's covers are pretty well known already, but if you haven't managed to stumble across her, check out her site:  http://telltalebookcovers.weebly.com/book-covers.html and while you're there, don't pass up the opportunity to check out her books, either.  I mean, cover designer and successful author?  Life's just not fair! ;-)  Seriously, though:  You've seen her covers on Jenny Hilborne's successful mysteries and Judy Yates Borger's, too!  Make sure you stop in and look her up.  
  4. Looking to discover a new talent?  Look no further.  Emma Grace, at Inksplatter Design has a new shop, but she's done some terrific cover designs.  
  5. Goonwrite:  I know, I know--James probably didn't think that text through when he originally named it!  However, this is the "pre-made cover" location from James at Humblenations.  His pre-mades sell for about $45 USD, and they are first-class! James also does custom covers, which you can see through a link from the Goonwrite.com site. Also, he has begun to offer covers for series, that he sells in packs. Themed covers. If you're on a budget, this is a do-not-miss stop on your Cover Safari.  

 For the moment, that's our entire list.  We peruse spots like DeviantArt and other places, always seeking breakthrough cover art talent. But for now, (as of 2-23-18) those are our updated recommendations.

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.