#PNR & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER REVEAL: Demon Magic

Our PNR and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Demon Magic is finally here! This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Demon Magic

 

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#PARANORMALROMANCE & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER REVEAL: Marius

Our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Marius is finally here. This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Marius.

#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER REVEAL: Zastrid the Destroyer

Our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Zastrid the Destroyer is finally here. This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Zastrid.

#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER REVEAL: Black Forest

The last reveal of the day! Our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Black Forest is finally here. This is one of our basic covers that just includes the ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Black Forest.

#URBAN #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER REVEAL: Natasha

It’s Here! It’s Here! Our urban fantasy pre-made cover, Natasha is finally here. This cover is part of our Deluxe Cover sets. In our Deluxe set you will get this cover in both ebook & paperback format, along with 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Deluxe Price: $200
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Natasha.

#FANTASY #PREMADE COVER REVEAL: Nazira

Here it is ladies and gentlemen! Our pre-made fantasy cover, Nazira. This cover is part of our Deluxe Cover sets. In our Deluxe set you will get this cover in both ebook & paperback format, along with 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Deluxe Price: $200
Join our Facebook Group now and use your new member discount to save on this cover!

To purchase contact me ASAP at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, with the title Nazira.

Monthly Pre-Made Cover Clearance Event!

KJ Magical Designs has a new feature for our pre-made covers on our website. Each month we will pick five random covers and clearance them out. Right now we are only offering these clearance events with our basic covers.

What does that mean for you? It means that it will mark these $80 covers down to $30.

How do I know which covers are on clearance? We will create a special page for our clearance event. Each month on the 1st we will update it with the new covers, then will send out a post on our blog and social media.

When do they start/end? All clearance events will start on the 1st and end on the last day of the month.

I want a cover… how do I purchase it? All you have to do is contact us by our email at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com or our contact form and provide the title of the cover you wish to purchase. We will create an invoice for your project and will send it to your appropriate email. We process all payments through PayPal.

Once we receive your payment, we will add you to our calendar and work will start on your project. The availability on our calendar will vary depending on our workload. Our turn around time is fast, we like to give an estimate of 1 to 2 weeks to be safe. If you require a rush on the cover, please let us know at time of purchase.

This month we are getting this post out rather late, it has been hectic these last few weeks. Below you will find the covers on sale till September 30, 2018. If you want early access to covers that will be on our clearance event you can join our Facebook Group. All members get a week notice of any sale we feature along with special pricing. We even offer our new members a special discount and offer monthly giveaways.

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#DesignAMA: What is involved in the process of designing and developing a book cover?

I had an interesting question over on my #DesignAMA today. It is a lengthy response, however I believe it is something of value. That is why I decided to share it here on my blog for you all. Remember my #DesignAMA goes live August 28, and if you have any questions submit them here. Enjoy 🙂


What is involved in the process of designing and developing a book cover? How long does it take on average?

There are two types of covers when you look at the process of designing a cover. The first process is the most common, and that is the photo manipulated covers. The second process is the illustrated cover drawn from hand. Time varies between the two big. I will do a breakdown of the two to let you be more informed.

Photo-Manipulated Covers:

  • The first step for a designer is to find out the author’s direction for the cover.
  • Second step is to find the images that will make up the background, textures and concept. This can take from an hour to days. This has ranged from 4 to 8 hours for myself, it depends on what the author is looking for.
  • Next is taking your images into your software, I use Photoshop. During this step you will create layers, adjustments and cut images to set them onto each other. The time this can range from one hour to several, it depends on how many images you are using.
  • The biggest step to making the cover look good is blending. This can range from erasing, painting or adding special features to blend all layers together.  You can expect this to take several hours, again depends on how many images that need blending.
  • Once the image is complete, then comes the wonderful step of adding your text. This is your title, sub-title, slogan, author name and any other text you wish to add. Pay attention to the fonts that appear within your genre before deciding which font to use. Deciding on a font can take hours, however make sure it is a font for commercial use. Read the licensing information even if it says it’s a FREE font.
  • The final step to take before you show off your cover is two things. One take a day away from the cover, come back to it and look it over for any changes you see that need corrected. Second, ask a few individuals you trust for their honest opinion. Word of advice, seek individuals that have an eye for detail. If you missed any issues, they will point them out or give suggestions to improve your cover.

Overall, this cover shouldn’t take longer than two weeks. This time is only an estimate many designers can do it under two weeks. However, I like to have too much time to work within than not enough. If you don’t give your designer enough time to work, then you are jeopardizing the overall quality of your cover you present.

Illustrated Covers:

  • The first step of any illustrated cover is to come up with three thumbnail concepts. This allows the author three directions they could go with their cover.
  • The draft process is the next step after you complete your concept direction. This can range from three to five plus drafts that the designer provides to the author. Drafts are all done in pencil once completed on paper then comes the next step.
  • The designer will now transfer their hand-drawn sketch over to their computer. Most common softwares used is Illustrator or Photoshop. The journey of creating the digital art is a lengthy process. Overall, transferring just a pencil outline will take about a day or less.
  • The next step is painting the image. This is a lengthy process that will take weeks. How it works in Photoshop is that each item you paint has its own layer. Another option is to create each item in their own source file then link to it in a final file. Doing the link option helps keep the project from overloading the software and slowing it down.
  • The designer has finished painting the image, now comes the clean up process. This step varies in length since it entails erasing, blending an adding shading to the layers to make them one consistent image. Expect this step to be close to a day worth of work it can be longer.
  • Now comes adding your title and other text information you wish to include. This will take only minutes to put the text on the cover and create a layout, however as stated above finding the font can range from minutes to hours of searching.
  • The title and text is on your cover now and comes a crucial step. The designer has to make sure the text blends with the image. I am not saying it dissolves into the image itself, what I’m saying is that it looks like it belongs on your cover. Picking a color for the text or by adding an overlay to flatten the text to the image can solve this problem.
  • Now you have what looks like a final cover. Again step back, ask for a few individuals feedback and see if any changes need made. If you see none then you have a finished cover. Overall, the length of an illustrated cover can range from two to six months. It depends on the designer and the experience they have, another big deciding point on time is communication. If an author refuses to communicate with the designer, then that lengthens the process.

A big side note to remember readers will judge your book by its cover, which is why you need to settle for nothing but high quality. Do to budget or lack of one can ruin this for some authors. That is why I tailored my design business to provide several money saving options to all authors. I offer giveaways, discounts, sales and money saving opportunities, along with payment plans that will fit anyone’s budget. If you’re an author that is struggling to put together the funds for making your book just drop us a message, we will make it happen.

Custom Cover: Double Cover Reveal

Just the other week I did a cover reveal for Allison D. Reid’s new book, Visions of Light and Shadow. This is her third installment in her series the Wind Rider Chronicles. Alfredo and I have been on a journey for the last year working on a big project for Allison. The project was to bring a consistent, illustrated and series connect to her books in print.

The plan is to have all her books illustrated by Alfredo and I do the photo manipulation and formatting. We started this project as I stated a year ago. We have finished her third book since it was the most pressing of them all. Now I get to say I have put the final touches on Journey to Aviad and Ancient Voices: Into the Depths just yesterday. You know what the means? It means I get to showcase both covers to you all at once. So, without further a do I present the new Journey to Aviad and Ancient Voices: Into the Depths.

I thought I would share all three books in the series side by side. This way you can see the entire collection as one. These are all the ebook covers, I am formatting the print covers. Then they will go through a proofing process, to make sure the physical copy is the colors Allison is looking for. Due to this process the covers won’t change over in the marketplace till the print covers arrive in the mail to complete the proof, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement for when they go live worldwide.

The Wind Rider Chronicles


About the Author

Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.

Author Website | Facebook Page | Twitter | Allison’s Kinship

Journey to Aviad is a Prema-FREE ebook download!
Ancient Voices: Into the Depths (Ebook $2.99) (Paperback $9.99) or subscribe to Allison’s author newsletter and get the ebook FREE.
Visions of Light and Shadow (Ebook $2.99) (Paperback coming soon, after physical proof process)

Other books/stories within the Wind Rider Chronicles world:

Into the Shadow Woods (Ebook $1.99) (Paperback $6.99)
A Collection of Short Stories: The Wind Rider Chronicles (Ebook $0.99)

Talk soon,

Katie @ KJ Magical Designs

AUGUST DESIGN & COVER SALES! at KJ MAGICAL DESIGNS

August is here and what better way to start off a new month than with two big sales. I will be having a $69 SALE on my $80 PREMADE Covers in my shop. I will be adding several throughout the month and keeping everyone posted. If you see one you want to snatch up, better do it ASAP. The available covers are as followed (with more to come):

If you see one you want just email me the cover title to kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com, and I’ll take care of your invoice. Design slots are on a first-come first-served basis and you will be scheduled into the soonest slot available.

Now for the second sale. This one is for my custom cover packages. During the month of August you will be able to get 40% off on all the packages (for cover services only). Pre-booking your slot is available, for those authors that have a book still in the works. A deposit of 30% is required to have your slot/project booked into my schedule. To see examples of my present works check out my portfolio or my premade cover shop. If you think we would be a good fit, email your service inquiry to kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

If that doesn’t sound like enough for you I will be including a grand re-opening GIVEAWAY. The winning author will get to walk away with a FREE Ebook Package that is normally priced at $199. Click here to enter.