Fun with Cover Design

I just finished a fabulous class on Cover Design with Dean Wesley Smith and Allyson Longueira. (Dean is an amazing writer and knowledgeable publisher. Allyson is a professional book designer with a masters degree in design.)

I really never thought I’d be able to publish my own work, mainly because the cover art terrified me. Dean helped me over that hurdle in July, 2011 when I took his “Be Your Own Publisher” workshop, a face-to-face class on the Oregon coast. Learning to create simple but functional covers using PowerPoint (or in my case Keynote) enabled me to put my first ebooks up for sale.

Dean’s “Promotions” class in February of 2012 pulled my work up a notch. I learned so much about fonts and the placement of tag lines in that one. My redesigned covers improved a LOT. I even managed to brand one series of novels.

But THIS class *faints* OMG! What an eye-opening experience. Let me share a before and after example. I think you’ll see the difference…

Currently published cover:

New design after class:


Needless to say, I’ll be upgrading all of my cover art in the near future *lol* BUT since I just signed up for Dean and Allyson’s “Interiors” class, I think I’ll wait until I’m ready to upgrade my total POD packages 😀

I’m really grateful to all my teachers (Dean, Allyson, Holly Lisle, and many more), but especially to Dean for giving me the courage and the confidence to create WDM Publishing …. and for leading me step-by-step into this new world of publishing.

What an AWESOME time to be a writer!


About Debbie Mumford

Debbie Mumford specializes in fantasy and paranormal romance. She loves mythology and is especially fond of Celtic and Native American lore. She writes about faeries, dragons, and other fantasy creatures for adults as herself and for tweens and young adults as Deb Logan. Visit to learn more about her currently available work.

Posted on August 20, 2013, in Authors - Debbie Mumford and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I am soooooo jealous. Good gosh that second cover looks amazing! 😀 Did you do the cover art yourself or did you hire someone?

    I’ve been wanting to take Dean Wesley Smith’s cover class for some time. I’ve been trying really hard to figure out how to make professional covers on my own (here’s my story page if you want to take a look [x]) and I think the Shining Armor cover looks nice, but I still have to re-do the covers for my serial.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing. It tells me just how important this class is…right up there with HTTS from Holly Lisle and moves it up the priority list. Thank you!

  2. Thanks, Amy! The art is from (I am SO not an artist *lol*) The one I posted is their “comp” view (if you look closely you can see their watermark swirls). A great way to try a piece of art out before you buy. I like that one well enough that I’ve made the purchase and will be switching it out for the real deal *g*

    I’ve been lucky enough to take a few classes with Dean in person, but I did the cover class on-line, and it was a great experience. I’m so glad he’s doing these on-line classes now. Opens it up to so many more of us 😀

  3. Debbie, what a great cover design. I love the back-cover element, does this book come in paper too? But we all need blurbs and putting it there is wonderful.

  4. Thanks, Will. Yes, that’s the full spread for one of my books which is already out in print. For an ebook I just use the front portion 🙂

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