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Like so many people, I told myself ‘when Covid ends I’ll finish (fill in your WIP)’. As Covid dragged on, I became sluggish and uninspired when it came to writing, so I decided to give my most popular series, The Josie Bates Thrillers, a cover make-over.

I was going to have my wonderful graphic designer tackle the project, but found myself indecisive regarding the direction I wanted take. Without constructive input, her job would be impossible, so I decided to do a few rough drafts to clarify my thinking. Instead, I became obsessed with the process of redefining my work. This is what I learned when I went all in on DIY cover design.

  1. The weight, size and style of cover fonts are the difference between amateur and professional looking covers.
  2. Title and author name should not be equal in emphasis.
  3. Images must tell one story only. Mine was a choice between individual story, place, or something generic that was evocative of the genre and covered the series.
  4. How to calculate dimensions and execute a paper cover that is not an Amazon template

The process left me in awe of graphic artists who do this for a living. I can’t imagine working with ten indecisive MEs much less a hundred. Would I do my own covers again? I’m not sure. It was fun, but I should probably leave it to the pros. And that leads me to the biggest lesson of all. When I work with a designer I will be better prepared before I approach her, more respectful of her time, and listen when she tells me her reasoning behind specific design choices. There is a reason for every element on a cover. If I don’t understand how those elements enhance my written work, then the cover isn’t right and it’s back to the drawing board.

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If you want to see the Josie covers in all their made-over glory (and all my other books), visit my new website: www.rebeccaforster.com

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Author Bio
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She marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym, did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall and mucked around with the sheep to find out exactly how her client’s fine wool clothing was manufactured. Then Rebecca wrote her first book and found her passion. Now, over twenty-five books later, she is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author and writes full-time, penning thrillers that explore the emotional impact of the justice system. She earned her B.A. at Loyola, Chicago and her MBA at Loyola, Los Angeles. Rebecca has taught the Business of Creativity at University of California Long Beach Writers Certificate Program, UCLA and UC Irvine extension. Married to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, she is the mother of two grown sons and spends her free time traveling, sewing, and playing tennis.
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She marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym, did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall and mucked around with the sheep to find out exactly how her client’s fine wool clothing was manufactured. Then Rebecca wrote her first book and found her passion. Now, over twenty-five books later, she is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author and writes full-time, penning thrillers that explore the emotional impact of the justice system. She earned her B.A. at Loyola, Chicago and her MBA at Loyola, Los Angeles. Rebecca has taught the Business of Creativity at University of California Long Beach Writers Certificate Program, UCLA and UC Irvine extension. Married to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, she is the mother of two grown sons and spends her free time traveling, sewing, and playing tennis.

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