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Doc
07-30-2011, 08:32 PM
I have a abook published on Kindle. It needs an appealing cover. Can anyone recommend a cover maker who can also send the cover to Amazon to appear on Kindle? I don't have a lot of money to spend (who does?) 250 would be my limit. I'd appreciate any help/information anyone with experience could offer. Thanks Doc

James D. Macdonald
07-30-2011, 09:16 PM
My elder son did these covers for me.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/013069.html
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012985.html

Oh yes, and this one:

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012312.html

Let me know if you'd like to get in touch with him.

Adam
07-30-2011, 09:30 PM
http://fantasiafrogdesigns.wordpress.com/ is who I used for my self pubbed novel (A Grim Pact). She charges $50 I think, and is speedy as heck. :)

I'm a little confused about the "who can also send the cover to Amazon" part, though. If you've already pubbed the title, you can do this yourself. :)

Aylaa
08-01-2011, 01:46 PM
for 250 you're not going to get any original content unless you supply your own photos.

For that amount you'll just need someone who can manipulate pixels in photoshop. I did my own covers.

azbikergirl
08-01-2011, 04:58 PM
I suggest asking for a recommendation from someone whose covers you like. Here's a list of cover artists/sources I keep:

http://www.elance.com
http://www.sanjanasart.com/
http://www.dancaster.com/
http://www.donmichaeljr.com/
http://www.elfhunter.net/
http://scatteredcomics.deviantart.com/
http://www.carlarene.com/
http://teryvisions.com/
http://www.streetlightgraphics.com/
http://extendedimagery.com/
http://www.waywardsunstudio.com/
http://intensewhisp.deviantart.com/gallery/26789333
http://www.stewartwilliamsdesign.com
http://elenadudina.deviantart.com/
http://jeroentenberge.com/
http://www.jsimmonsillustration.com/
http://www.tarashuler.com/cover-design-service/
http://www.mojitopressplus.com
http://crocodesigns.deviantart.com/
http://www.behance.net/gallery/MWM-Illustration-Gallery/609038
http://www.razzdazzdesign.com/
http://ludeshka.deviantart.com/
http://artisticcoverings.wordpress.com/portfolio/
http://www.niki-smith.com/

I used http://extendedimagery.com/ for Venom. I'm using http://teryvisions.com/ to re-do Kinshield and for its sequel.

Cloud Eight
08-01-2011, 10:06 PM
On Karen's list, I can vouch for J. Simmons. He did my cover and was a pleasure to work with.

elae
08-01-2011, 10:25 PM
Thanks for the mention, azbikergirl! That's a good list to keep.
OP, you can see a few covers I've done on http://niki-smith.com/about/gallery/ - I'm happy to link to more.

A cover I designed was on Lambda Literary's 2010 in Review: Best Book Covers list (http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/12/29/2010-book-covers/).

I'm happy to design front covers for $250. You can get in touch with me by sending a PM or emailing me at nikiATniki-smith.com

LadyMage
08-02-2011, 07:05 PM
I have two covert artists: one is my regular, the other is a guest. My regular artist, Jenna, is taking commissions. Please PM me with details.

Doc
08-02-2011, 08:32 PM
Thank you all who responded to my request for cover artist information. I have a wealth of recommendations now and will soon be at work. Kindle is amazing. Due to recent surgery I haven't been able to put any effort into publicizing my coverless Kindle book but, in spite of that, 25 copies have been sold. Not exactly ready for a best seller list, but without any publicity? Amazing. Doc

Mark G
08-03-2011, 04:14 AM
I designed my own cover for my first book by doing some creative photoshop work, but I was curious about this same thing... so I'll make sure to keep the links in this thread handy. Thanks all for posting, and thanks Doc for asking!

ResearchGuy
08-03-2011, 04:35 AM
. . . I'd appreciate any help/information anyone with experience could offer. Thanks Doc
Consider www.willdesignforchocolate.com (http://www.willdesignforchocolate.com) if you still are looking around.

--Ken

Old Hack
08-03-2011, 11:07 AM
Moving this to our "covers" section. Thanks for all the helpful links, everyone.

Misa Buckley
08-03-2011, 12:41 PM
I have a abook published on Kindle. It needs an appealing cover. Can anyone recommend a cover maker who can also send the cover to Amazon to appear on Kindle? I don't have a lot of money to spend (who does?) 250 would be my limit. I'd appreciate any help/information anyone with experience could offer. Thanks Doc

I've PMed you

EnitaMeadows
08-17-2011, 10:33 AM
If you're still looking, I'm currently designing covers for only $35. You can see samples and available covers in the url below, and I'm also open to commissions.
-Enita