How-to Guide: Cover Designers

With the growing popularity of self-publishing and Indie publications, it is becoming more and more important for writers to know more than wordsmithing. It can be difficult to learn all the skills you need, like finding a Cover Designer or deciding on an Editor. Heck, trying to find Beta-Readers can be a whole new experience for a lot of writers. Therefore, I will be posting a series of “How to Guides” to provide resources for writers.

Today is our How-to Guide on Cover Designers with special guest Mikki Noble, the owner of ParaCoze Designs as well as an Indie author.

Q: As a writer, how important do you see cover designs?  

To me, the cover represents what’s inside. It’s the first impression a potential reader will get. Not that the cover is the singular most important part, but it often tells a reader what to expect and that’s important. You’re not going to see a creepy clown on a romance novel, and if you do, chances are you’re going to get a different impression of what’s actually inside.

Q: At what stage of writing for a book should you look for a cover?

It all depends on how you write, honestly. That’s the best part of the writing world. There are rules, but there aren’t many solid rules with zero flexibility. I have over 50 covers for my works because it motivates me and I just love looking at them. Some authors like to get them after they’ve finished writing their book. I do think you should have it way before it comes out so you can promote it, like a month or two before release is good. Sometimes you have to book a designer way in advance as well, so be careful of that.

Q: What should a writer think about before looking for a cover designer?

Do your research. On designers and on the genre. Make sure that the designer you’re working with knows that genre and make sure you know what is best going to appeal to your readership.

Q: How much should a writer expect to spend on a cover?

Anywhere between $50-1000. It depends on the quality of work, whether it’s a custom cover or a premade. Designers offer premade cover designs at lower prices and that can be the way to go sometimes. They will even make small changes for free or a small fee sometimes to fit your story or their cover may give you an idea for a cover.

Q: How do you find or pick a cover designer?

Many cover designers are on Instagram and Facebook and most designers have a website you can look up.

Do you have other questions for Mikki to answer? Comment below and we will get you answers!

If you are interested in seeing the covers available from Paracoze Designs, you can find them at the links below

Facebook ParacozeDesigns
Instagram @ParacozeDesigns
Twitter @MissMikkiNoble





One thought on “How-to Guide: Cover Designers

  1. Great post and interview. I totally agree that the cover gives the first impression of what to expect. Some covers aren’t accurate. I remember seeing the cover for a comic that made it seem cherry and upbeat. It actually turned out to be dark and bloody. So, that was jarring.

    Good advice on when to have the cover. I personally plan on having one when I get to the stage of the book being nearly polished (after beta readers do their last reviews, but before an editor looks at it). I am taking publishing slow, so that might work better for me. But, I definitely agree with getting a cover earlier than later.

    I wonder what’s the best place to do research on the cover designers. Is there a site where I can look up cover designers? I know Mikki mentioned IG and Facebook, but I was curious if there is a review site or other site to easily find them.

    Mikki and Abby are awesome! :). :). Great blog post again.


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