A closer look at the cover design process

I am often asked about what goes into the planning and designing a book cover from people that I come in contact with once they learn the kind of work I do.  So I wrote this article for everyone and anyone interested in getting a behind the scenes look of what goes into my process …

Stock Photos for your Book Cover Designs

I just added a new section to my website { STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY } https://race-point.com/stock-photography/ Stock photos include: (But not limited to.  I have a HUGE stock photo inventory that will take me months to plow through, if you are looking for something specific but can't find it here, email me—anita@race-point.com) People ~ Beach ~ Sailboats …

We’ve got you covered Friday: let’s talk numbers

This is an article I wrote for Kobo’s Writing Life, back in November of 2013. It is a study that display the direct impact the cover typography has to your book sales. Since it contains such valuable information I wanted to share it.
If you have had similar experiences please include your comment, I would love to hear from you. —Anita (Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RacePointUS)

Kobo Writing Life

By Anita B. Carroll

How important do you think your cover design is? Is it worth it to spend the money on a professional designer? That’s a good question and you would expect me, a designer, to push for hiring a pro.

However, when you look at the facts, the question really is, can you afford not to hire a designer?

A book cover re-design project, analyzed.

Let me show you a cover re-design project I worked on with self-published author Glen Romero for his novella “Welcome to the Fight: Silent Wars”.

Some months ago, I was invited by Mr. Romero to review his cover, which he himself had designed.  To be more accurate, he did the typography, not the illustration.  Here is an image of what the cover looked like, with Romero’s type design:

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My initial thought was that the typography was weak and perhaps a bit on…

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3 Things you must know when designing your own book cover

To help save on cost, within the self-publishing industry many authors designs their own cover.   Here are three tips to help guide you in the right direction. .1.  Less is more; layout and content Focus on the important copy of your cover, such as the title, subtitle, author name, and review blurbs when available.  …

Between The Covers with Author Kelly Ilebode

Who hasn't spent this last year falling in love with Amira, Dragan and Aaron? Or maybe you got drawn into Alex’s world In Search of Grace? Meet their creator, YATR Literary Awards Nominee – 2013 Favorite Author, Kelly Ilebode This rural Maine woman comes from a large family, and is the seventh child of ten …

What is your favorite Good Reads?

It's SHARE the LOVE Wednesday! What is your favorite GOOD READ? I am always looking for good reads, and my guess is if you are a book lover like me, you are too. What is the one book(s) that still resonates within you? The book that you always tell your friends about? I've opened my …


It's AUTHORS SHARE Monday. I've opened my Facebook wall for you to share your publications, books, news, events, photos, links, advice, sites, and pages. Anything related to your writings. Today is YOUR day! Are you ready? Set? Share! Just locate the "AUTHORS SHARE Monday" thread and add your info: http://www.facebook.com/RacePointUS —Anita

Seeking AUTHORS for Feature Articles

Are you in the process of marketing the release of your new book, or have a book signing event coming up, or simply LOVE talking about your books and life? You should email me! anita@race-point.com Here is why:  Starting January 2014, I will be implementing author feature articles to my social media networks (Blogsite, Facebook …

2013 YATR Awards – Nominee

 I have some very exciting news to share with you all. Race-Point, Anita B. Carroll (me) was just nominated for the ~♥~ Best Cover Designer & Best Cover Design ~♥~ categories for the 2013 YATR Literary Awards. Yay - So exciting! This is a group of many talented graphic designers, so I am very honored …

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