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The Cover Designer that gave my first novel “Devils Fall” the perfect cover to depict Lucy being pulled between Heaven and Hell was the amazingly talented cover design from Bilbao, Spain – Maialen Alonso!
She has become both someone I look to as a friend and a creative designer. She creates vivid, eye catching covers while also expressing the authors story by creating covers that well, tell a story.
When I first released “Devils Fall” in November 2016, I had a cheesy cover of blue roses falling, this was meaningful to me to have the blue roses on the cover because of a special part of the book between the demon Asmodeus and Lucy. (If you’ve read “Devils Fall” you know what I’m talking about.) but I knew a cover with only blue roses were not going to catch anyone’s interest because as much as I hate to say it, we judge books by their covers and blue roses just weren’t going to bring readers in.
So, I searched for a cover on http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com, I would say that I searched through over 2,000 or more covers for 2 months before I finally came upon Maialen’s “Hell Dance” book cover. I found her cover in February and knew I had to have it. I had plans to officially release the paperback of Devils Fall so I knew this cover on a matte finish would be perfect.
There was no other cover that I had found that made me think, “This is Lucy’s story!” but “Hell Dance” was the perfect depiction.
I purchased the cover and shortly after she contacted me to know what changes would need to be made. It was only a few hours later that I was the new owner of the beautiful “Hell Dance” now “Devils Fall” cover!
I have always had a wonderful experience collaborating with Maialen, she listen to what you need and always gets back to you quickly and not to mention – for me – she is on the other side of the world working to get a cover ready!
She has also helped me reformat paperback covers and helped me understand how to create my own paperback covers. I honestly do not think I would understand half as much about paperback covers if I did not know her!
Not only is Maialen Alonso an amazing cover designer, but she is also an author herself with several published novels, both written in Spanish and translated into English. After she finished her studies, she dedicated herself to writing, which is her chosen profession.
As a cover designer and an author this gives her the mindset and aspect of a writer to help ensure that your cover is perfect for YOU and YOUR story.
You can find her newest pre-made and custom cover designs on: http://maialenalonso.es
Or, find her written works at
Jessica Dueck is the cover artist and owner of StarsColdNight..
“An Artist making all your dreams & nightmares come to life” ~ Jessica Dueck (StarsColdNight)
Monday starts off my self publishers networking posts!
I’m starting this week with cover designers!
My first cover designer I want to share is JESSICA DUECK, owner and artist of StarsColdNight!
Jessica is based in Paraguay, but takes orders internationally!
I have had an absolute blast working with Jessica Dueck on the cover of my fourth novel in The Devils Curse series, “Devils Ascension”!
You will be seeing her name in the credits in my cover reveal video soon!
She has been very open to changes I have asked for, her response time is speedy and her suggestions are always helpful in helping you notice things you may have not at first with your cover and how it will relate to your story.
You can find her covers on a popular website called http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com but you will find her cover design website below under “Book Covers Realm”.
Some other things about Jessica is she is also a beauty advisor at “Mermaid Incognito” She is always posting her art and hair creations on her personal blog below under “JESSICA DUECK”!
If you’re a hair dye addict like me and want to indulge in your love of hair dye, her suggestions are definitely where you want to go!
Services and Prices offered by STARSCOLDNIGHT:
**Book Covers** – Cubierta de libros
Starting from 60$
**Banners, logos, flyers, advertising**
Depends on the work · For companies, products, websites, etc
**Photomanipulations – Retoques fotográfic**
Starting from 45$ · You explain your story, I create the world you see. I use only HD images, free to inquire about the details to my email firstname.lastname@example.org Retouches starting from 50$ for 50 images.
I know that National Writing Month ends in only a week, so get thinking about your story and the world you’ve created, start thinking of how you want that world to come alive through its cover..
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some of the information from the Women who Write Author Showcase I attended on Saturday, great connections from editors to publishing companies!
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Are you an Author? Are you looking to self-publish and you need a unique, eye catching book cover?
Visit Kristyn over at Drop Dead Designs! – http://www.dropdeaddesigns.com
I had a wonderful experience purchasing one of her unique book covers, you may have seen my cover for “Devils Dream” and the many fantastic advertisements – those were ALL designed by Kristyn for only $70!
This week I’ll be posting and reviewing cover designers that I have worked with this year!
So, if you’re an author or are thinking of starting your journey down the self publishing road, I guarantee these designers you will want to check out!
Officially over 27,000 words!
There will be a full cover reveal once I reach my NanoWriMo goal of 50,000 words!
The full cover reveal will take place on my Facebook Author Page
For now, here is a teaser of the front cover of the paperback, “Devils Ascension” .. The fourth novel in the YA Fantasy/Horror series, “The Devils Curse Novels”
So some news to share and a fun little feature I want you guys to have fun with!
In the next few weeks I will be venturing out from Amazon (I still will remain selling through Amazon..) but I will be distributing “The Devils Curse Novels” through Barnes & Noble online with hopes to make it into some local stores 🙂 so fingers crossed and more to come on that soon!
Now, the feature! This week “Devils Fall” is available on Amazon in Paperback for just $7.99! When you purchase your copy, take a snap of you with your copy or make it something fun and creative then send it to me with a link to your Instagram page to be featured on here aswell as on The Cursed Author Facebook Page!
Celebrate the release of “Devils Mark” – I am giving anyone who is interested in a sneak preview to the first novel in “The Devils Curse Novels” a chance to download the first chapter “Sixteen Candles” to your kindle!
Just open the file below to your kindle or computer and read away! Enjoy!