Another Cindarella Happy Ending : You may have a good idea what you would like to see on the cover of your Christian Book Cover and by all means, discuss this with your designer, but be open to the expertise that they bring to the table. A good graphic designer always has ideas pouring out of them and is used to casting their line way out into the creative deep waters. They also know what your competitors have been doing, what the industry trends are, and they are worth their salt, they will bring marketing sense to the job as well.
Ask their opinion of your idea and make sure that you get all the costs for doing the job that you envisioned in the first place so that they don’t go way out on a limb and then you are stuck with more charges when the bill comes. I have had clients bring an image to me but when we start to go over the job, I get a different vision of the message they are trying to portray to the world, and with so much of yourself that you have poured into this book, it pays to be open to new and better ideas.
Another “Before & After”.
Just like I showed you in the “Spirit Power” redesign, this book also came to me so that the author could publish her own work. The “before” cover is what the publisher supplied and the “after” is the cover that I designed for her after hearing about the power that happened at a moment in time and what the crucifixion opened the door to, a subject deserving of more drama and passion.
Work with your designer. Share your ideas and your dreams and your visions and do not “settle” until you are happy with what is presented to you. You should be estatic over the book cover design that will represent your message to the public. Don’t try to get the cheapest design that you can from a freelance source like elance.com or guru.com because you may get what you pay for. There are many areas that student’s shine but the technical requirements for this type of work is changeing and the competition in the Print-on-demand books is growing by the month so you want a design that says your book is worthy of it’s purchase, worthy of one’s time to read and is a promise of the gem it holds inside.