Below is an interview with the cover artist for my book. If you ever wondered what's involved in the process of finding a designer, you can find answers in the interview below. Ammonia Book Covers is who I hired to design my cover for Scythe of Darkness.
I know how scary it can be for a new author to find a cover, sometimes wondering if the artist on the other end of the internet is real, hoping that you're not about to be scammed. Yvonne Nikolova with Ammonia Book Covers is very much real, and she was efficient when answering my inquiries.
Hi Yvonne! I’m so happy to have you on my blog. As the cover artist for my book that’s coming out in June, I was thrilled when I came across Ammonia Book Covers.
Y: Hey, Dawn! Thanks for this incredible opportunity!
When did you begin creating covers? And why?
Y: I started designing book covers shortly after I gave up on my dream of designing album covers for recording artists. Breaking into the niche of designing covers for music albums seemed impossible back in 2012. I got into digital art back in high school and I’ve been using Photoshop for pure entertainment for the past eleven years, but I turned it into a profession in late 2012. As an avid reader of various literature genres (from Stephen King’s notorious horrors to Lindsey Kelk’s lively Chick Lit) I was thrilled by the idea of having my art gracing an actual book.
How have your covers evolved over time, from the first one to the most recent?
Y: My very first book covers were created for contests and I must admit, they were unprofessional, to say the least, in terms of sizing and typography. I was a digital artist, who had no idea about book formatting, font styling and all of these tiny details, which can transform a design into an actual eye-catching book cover. Apart from containing such technicalities, my more recent covers have more color, depth, intensity and motion in comparison to my older ones.
Me: The cover I purchased from you was a pre-made cover that came with the full wraparound and ebook version. A bookmark was also included, which I thought was fantastic and is what pulled me over to your side for good. Not only was I going to receive an amazing book cover, but the added bonus of a bookmark sealed the deal.
Y: I prefer offering a package deal instead of just an ebook cover as I get to design something new and I get to play some more.
Are all of your covers pre-made, or are any tailored for the buyer?
Y: No, not all of my covers are pre-made designs. I also do custom commissions from scratch. I specialize mainly in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Epic Fantasy and Dystopia. I’ve done a few Horror ones, as well as Romance, Chick Lit and Mystery, but my preferences tend to lean towards the before-mentioned genres.
Me: In a way, mine was tailored, because you allowed me to have some input, which I fully appreciated.
Y: All of my pre-made covers are subjected to moderate alteration, which goes beyond the typography. Changing the hair color or adding a new element to the design doesn’t change the price of the pre-mades.
What is an average price range for your covers, and where can other authors find you?
Y: My pre-made book covers usually cost around $80 - $90 USD and my custom commissions range between $90 and $160 USD depending on the complexity of the designs and the royalty fees for the stock images used in them. My pre-mades are available on an online mass-market catalog for book covers, called The Book Cover Designer. I also post pre-made designs on my Twitter account: @AmmoniaCovers. And I also have a Facebook profile (Ammonia Nikolova), which is a mixture between a personal and a professional profile - in other words, you can see cover art and photos of my two puppies there. Last, but not least, I’m also available for inquiries through e-mail: ammoniabookcovers (at) gmail.com
Can you give a brief rundown of the process regarding what an author should do once they locate a book cover of yours that they like?
Y: When it comes to pre-mades, sending a quick inquiry with the following details is ideal - dimensions (the book’s size, the spine and the bleed) and the blurbs (the book’s title, the author’s name, the subtitle, etc). During the alteration process of the pre-mades authors receive mock-up previews before they get the final files so that they can approve all alterations on the designs.
Me: Thank you for being a guest on Indie Tidbits!
Y: Thanks for having me!
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