Whoever came up with the saying to not judge a book by its cover may have some sort of philosophical insight into life, but they definitely didn't understand marketing.
This is where book cover design comes in. It creates art that catches someone's eye. It creates a professional-looking product. It creates an Instagram-able moment. It creates something unforgettable.
Let me help you take care of your book's cover design so it looks like it belongs on the shelves of your dream bookstore. I've done designs for both traditional publishers and indie authors including Illuminate YA, Mountain Brook Ink, Kara Swanson, Janeen Ippolito, Kendra E. Ardnek, Hosanna Emily, Rosalie Valentine, and more!
Hi, I'm Megan.
Growing up, I was never the artistic one. My younger sister was basically a child prodigy when it came to art, but I could barely draw a stick figure. I had so many creative ideas, but couldn't make them come out on the page.
Then, I became a writer. I created my pen name, Alea Harper, which I still use today. As I wrote, I wanted to be able to picture what my book would look like on a bookstore shelf, so I started creating mock covers. Take a second and picture the worst self-published cover you can. That was what my first covers looked like.
At the same time, I was also extremely bothered with how ugly many books were (and still are, unfortunately). There was one series in particular that I loved which had some pretty awful covers. They irked me so much that I embarked on a journey to teach myself Photoshop and create new covers just as beautiful as the ones that inspired me.
And, reader, I did.*
*after a couple of years, many iterations of said cover, hundreds of YouTube tutorials, and even more hours practicing