Last week I went over reasons an excellent cover is so important,
This week we will talk to the designer of my book cover.
Hannah was recommended to me by a publisher and editor that I knew and trusted. So when I came to her, I was already expecting quality work. What I received was far better than I anticipated. My cover reveal is in just a few weeks, and you’ll see firsthand what I mean. I am excited today to dig deeper into Hannah’s thought on creating a cover for a book.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an agented Christian-fiction author of thirteen books, a magna cum laude graphic design graduate, and a local photographer.
How long have you been creating book covers?
I first began designing book covers at the age of twelve, as the need for a cover arose for my first novel. I continued designing covers throughout my teenage years and eventually had a small side business offering book cover design services. In the summer of 2019, I officially launched Hannah Linder Designs.
Why did you make the decision to get into this field?
As an author, I love every aspect of a book—covers especially, because it is a creative visual of what is inside the pages. I love bringing that to life.
What genre do you design for and are there any you don’t?
I work with both nonfiction and fiction projects and enjoy a wide variety of genres. My personal favorite is historical fiction, however.
What is your favorite part in designing a cover?
Staying in tune with the trends! I love taking a story, reflecting its heart, and doing so in a way that looks good against the bestsellers of today.
Why is it important to have a professional cover created for your book?
In a world of so many books, your cover is often the sole factor in grabbing a reader’s interest. If your cover screams “self-published” or “unprofessional”, chances are it won’t get picked up.
What is your process for developing a concept for a design?
I always start with asking the author to fill out a quick form, where I allow them to include book information and share cover ideas.
What advice could you give an author about a book cover?
If I could offer any pointers, I would tell the author to make certain of the following:
- Your cover reflects the overall style of your genre
- All words are legible
- Your main message is conveyed
- Your cover is not too busy and cluttered (less is more)
What is the normal timeframe?
This can vary depending on my schedule, but I normally try to get projects out within two to three weeks.
What type of question should an author ask when looking for someone to design their cover?
Pricing, turnaround time, and how many revisions are all good questions to pose to a designer
How do we get in touch with you?
You can get in touch with me via my website at hannahlinderdesigns.com. I’d love to discuss your project and answer any questions!
Hannah has agreed to give away a cover design to one of my lucky readers.
The contest is only going to last a week, so hurry over to my contest page and enter to will an amazing book cover for your next project.
5 thoughts on “Tuesday Talks – Hannah Linder”
I always love hearing about the design process of covers. They really are an important part of a book!
I love your clear and direct comments on things important for authors who are looking for a cover designer, and of course your strong background in design!
This is so cool! Thank you for the opportunity!
Wow, what an amazing young woman. She has been writing books since she was twelve! This is helpful to know, as I have never hired a freelance cover designer before. Thanks for sharing.
She is amazing. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a free cover. I know you were thinking of redoing one of yours.
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