Tip #1 – Check Our Their Portfolio!

A Cindarella Fairy Tale:  Studies (Bowkers) have shown that you have an average if 13 seconds to capture a readers attention, so you not only need to give careful consideration for the visual impact of your book, but also to the validity of the subject that you use to portray a certain message of what one will find on the inside when they open it.

Off the top of my head I would like to share that I know that you’re considering a lot of things when trying to get your book into print and unless you’ve had a friend who published a book that you can glean advice from, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed at what to do next, who to hire and who to trust.

Let me just share encouragement in staying on that steady course of seeking the Lord’s guidance and not turning to the word’s ways when entering into the worlds business transactions. If you feel the Lord inspired your message, then He is fully capable of seeing it through so seek His peace, wisdom and direction in each step and He will be faithful to open doors and bring you the talent you need (and the finances) to see this project through to fruition.

Tip #1 – Check out their Portfolio

You want to hire people who have the same passion and vision that you do in areas such as what is going on the front of your Christian book cover, and quite frankly, those who do not know the Lord or know the Lord may not have the passion for design or concept as well when it pertains to the Lord’s message.  Be sure to check out their portfolio. Just because a company has published numerous books does not make them an expert on how to handle ALL books.

Below is a book cover that a client came to me with that a major publisher was about to publish but  she wanted to publish herself. No, she didn’t ask me to redesign it, just to make an original that took the same elements as the publisher pulled together but in truth, she did not anticipate that it could be made better.

No, I didn’t do anything to it other than to take the back cover off with the publishers logo to “protect the guilty”.  I’m not one to bash another’s work but I think it’s safe to say that this cover is dull, boring, lifeless and not worth the money she paid to have it done. She needed a powerful picture to go with the subject matter and so I pulled the same elements together but in a little different way:

(See Tip #2 for another “Before & After”)

 It may be a matter of opinion, taste or style but still check out the work of anyone that you choose to hire, whether it’s a graphic designer, editor or publisher…and then ask the Lord what to do next.

I hope to address many issues and concerns on the image for your cover so please subscribe to this list if you would like to learn more about what you should consider when hiring a designer to do your Christian book cover design. If you have a specific need now and would like to contact me for a free consultation to discuss your manuscript and the vision you have for your cover, please feel free to contact me.

In His grace,

Lisa Hainline

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