Self publishing is one of the best ways to publish your book today. Years ago, there was no decent platform to promote your book, and traditional publishing was the only route to true writing success. But with today's marketplace of Amazon, iBooks, and Nook (just to name a few), it's possible to get in front of your readers and sell books (which makes you look like an author rockstar in front of traditional publishers—think future deals)!
But you struggle. While the DIY approach of self publishing is extremely appealing, it also has its downside. You have to do it all yourself, which if you're not an editor, designer, typesetter, and marketer... could be detrimental to the success of your book.
But what if I told you there's a team of professionals at your fingertips that can make your self-published book run with even the biggest contenders?
Because it's true. You don't have to do your own editing and marketing. And you definitely don't have to do your own book cover design.
Here are some of the authors that have tapped into professional design to elevate their credibility, make their book stand out from the competition, and sell more copies.
The Upside of Downsizing: Getting to Enough
Sara addresses the emotional side of of downsizing your life (specifically in your old age) in a practical, energetic, and fun way that helps you to process this transition in your life. The goal of the book cover was to show Sara's fun personality and positive take on life while showing this concept of downsizing in specific and interesting imagery.
Client: Sara Hart, The Sign of Enough
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Working with Melody Christian was pure joy! She is a total professional and a very warm human being, all rolled into one. From the moment I first spoke with her, I felt as if she was “all in” with me for the success of my book. The covers she designed were wonderful, and deciding which one to go with was not an easy task. She is very precise in her work and yet extremely patient and supportive. I highly recommend her.
–Sara Hart, The Upside of Downsizing
The Monthly Retainer Model
in Financial Planning
A bright, modern representation of a financial book full of information regarding the monthly retainer model. This design is complimentary to the XY Planning Network brand style, feel, and tone. The imagery that reflects the subject of a retainer model without feeling boring or mundane, and appeals to a younger generation with a strong brush script font.
The Busy Mom's Guide to Creativity
This book isn't just about arts and crafts. It's about discovering your creative side (in whatever capacity that might appear) within motherhood and making time for yourself. We wanted something bold, clean, and bright, emphasizing the CREATIVE in this creative guide. The design is kept a little whimsical with a script font, but avoiding the feel of too overly feminine (no butterflies here, folks!). White covers always stand out in a sea of covers, and this was ideal for the author's genre.
From the moment I first laid eyes on the Finicky Designs website, I knew I wanted to work with Melody.
She was an absolute pleasure to work with and is so unbelievably talented. Each of the initial book cover designs she showed me were gorgeous and fit amazingly well with my book. It was difficult to choose just one! Every step of the way Melody was quick to respond with questions and changes. She clearly really understood my customer and my vision for the book, even if I couldn't put into words what I wanted the cover of my book to look like.
Melody really took my book to the next level and made it look and feel professional. I can't help staring at the cover and smiling! Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Melody is in good hands and I know will be thrilled with what she comes up with.
–Bev Feldman, The Busy Mom's Guide to Creativity
This book is packed with practical information regarding your diet and health. But we didn't want it looking like a science book or boring read on nutrition. The author has a modern flare for the way she approaches nutrition, so I knew we needed that reflected in the cover design. We went with a white cover and used color to our advantage, giving it a "wow" statement with subtle, representative imagery.
Words of Hope and Comfort
Singer and songwriter Dallas Holm shares his journey behind the powerful lyrics from his cd Songs of Hope and Comfort. Dallas had just gone through a brand and website rebrand, so we needed his products to reflect a similar look and feel. Modern, but still resonating with his audience of older individuals. Masculine, but also soft on the eyes, coherent with the book title and message.
You want to know the person you hire to work on your project cares about your project as much as you do. Melody and her team at Finicky Design provided our project with that level of care. We had never produced a book and needed help with the entire process. She led us through the process of producing our book and something that most people dream about doing became an actual reality.
Melody was professional, relational, patient and an advocate for us. She was available when we needed her. We were up front and honest about our timeline, our needs and our inexperience and she was able to accommodate all our needs. Work with Melody if you want professional results with a relational and personal experience.
–Dave Shrein (project manager), Shrein Media
Work Your Wealth
You know you're going to have fun designing a book cover when the author suggests "glitter dollar signs and bright colors." We had a blast coming up with a modern financial book to appeal to millennials. We went as bright as our screens (and the printers) would allow, and came up with a design that feels trendy and bold, but also very clearly says "finance."
I'm passionate about taking my skill and knowledge to help propel your words and sell copies of your book. If you're still not certain about the self-publishing process or know if it's right for you, feel free to shoot me an email and we can chat!