I’ve promoted a few cover artists here on the site, but I wanted to give Jason Gurley one more shout-out. Jason has done a few covers for me now. The new SAND series of covers look amazing. And he’s working on a limited edition set of hardbacks of WOOL, SHIFT, and DUST that we should be announcing soon (not sure if this counts as an announcement. I’m saying it doesn’t).
What Jason excels at is the hardest thing about making a cover look professional: It’s the typography. It’s the font used for the title and the author’s name. Jason invests in great fonts, and he knows how to throw a design together that makes a book stand out. Check out some of his ready-made covers here. And here’s a link to his portfolio (where you can see some of my books with their soon-to-be-updated covers).
Jason was recently laid off from his day job. I’m hoping his book sales and cover design pick up a little more so he can do what he loves full-time. But you won’t be doing him any favors if you reach out and commission a cover from him. You’ll be doing yourself and your book a favor. Working with Jason is a highlight. If you ask him to design a cover, you’ll often get a few mock-ups to choose from. The hardest thing you’ll do, other than writing your book, is picking just one cover to go with. You’ll want them all.
Email Jason if you need a cover. Even if you’re in the editing phase, now’s the time to lock down the artwork so you can get the book in front of readers.