because you are being judged by your cover

Book Cover Design

Ok, we've all heard the saying "don't judge a book by its cover". It would be great if people really didn't, but let's be honest here - we DO judge books by their covers! Its the cover that grabs our attention, lures our eyes to the title and author, and finally makes us read what the book is about. This all happens in about two seconds!

Face it - if your cover is boring, hard to read, or has blah images that we've all seen 100 times before, not many people are going to give it a second glance.

One thing that readers hate - is a cover that has nothing to do with the story! Where IS that hot guy I saw on the cover???? And who the heck is this blonde woman on the cover?? What does that car mean??? Readers don't want to solve your cover riddle - they want to read a great story and they ultimately want the cover to give them a pretty good idea of what they're getting in to.

Know Your Reader

Its best to have a good idea of who your reader really is. Is your cover going to offend them? Is it just not going to catch their eye? If your target reader is a romance reader, and your book is a romance, then your cover should have a romantic feel to it. Don't know how to accomplish that? No worries! That's what I do!

Pricing and Lead Time

Custom covers are $175 and include the ebook cover sizes and formats, paperback files/formats, Facebook cover image, and two 3D images of your book for promo purposes. I will do whatever I can to meet your deadline - just let me know and I will adjust my schedule accodlingly to accommodate you. If you need a photoshoot for a specific look or scene, please let me know as I am in touch with several photographers that are very affordable. Stock images are manipulated to give them a unique look for your cover. Keep scrolling to the bottom of this page to read details on what you get with your cover project.

Portfolio of Covers

Below are a few of the covers I have designed to date. I've been designing web sites and graphics for all kinds of marketing and advertising media for 15 years, and also designed graphics and layout for a woman's lingerie and fashion catalog. I've been a book addict my entire life. I am a cover junkie. Trust me, I can design you an amazing cover that you will love, and even better, that your readers will love!

Everyone tells me I have a gift for capturing mood and emotion. I love black and white and have been getting a lot of requests for those. I love the classic timelessness of a black and white image. I will design for any genre: new adult, romance, contemporary, erotica, mystery, etc. If I don't feel I am a good match for you, I can refer you to another designer.

More information and testimonials below the portfolio pictures. I have a lot more covers (over 300!) that I have not yet added to my portfolio but you can view all of my covers on my Facebook page here.

Please note that images have been resized so the quality is not as clear as the originals. :)

Ditching the Dream
by Isabelle Peterson

Ditching the Dream


Release date: October 2013

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Next to Me
by AnnaLisa Grant

Next to Me


Release date: October 2013

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The Storm Inside
by Alexis Anne


the Storm Inside



Release date: October 2013

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The Dark Huntsman
by Jessica Aspen

The Dark Huntsman


Release date: October 2013

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Catch - Assassins No. 1
by S. Poirier


Catch


Release date: September 12, 2013

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Alluring Turmoil - Book 1 Bayou Stix
by Skye Turner


Alluring Turmoil


Release date: September 13, 2013

Testimonial from the client:

I contacted Kari at Cover to Cover Designs after doing a lot of research and looking over various cover sites. Her designs were beautiful and original and seemed to flow well with my needs. After speaking with Kari about exactly what I wanted and explaining the vision in my head to her, she got to work. The communication was top notch and she was always open to the random things that popped into my head. Once she sent me the mockups, I was floored. It's as if she went into my head, pulled my vision out, and made it a reality. I cannot stop staring at my cover. I'm in love with it. I will never use anyone else for my design needs. Why mess with perfection? If you are looking for a hugely talented, easy to work with designer, Cover to Cover Designs is exactly what you want.
~ Skye Turner, Author

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Strangers
by AL Parks


Strangers


Release date: September 6, 2013

Testimonial from the client:

Kari is one of the most talented people I know, and I could not be happier with the cover she designed for me. She answered all my questions, gave me wonderful advice, and never stopped trying to improve on the final product. She was able to take my ideas and create a cover that is truly beautiful. I knew I wanted something unique, but what I received was better than I could have ever dreamed. Kari will be doing all of my covers from now on!
~ AL Parks, Author

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Until You
by Penelope Douglas


Until You

 

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A Dark Road
by Amanda Lance


A Dark Road



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Out of Darkness
Book Two - Heaven Hill Series
by Laramie Briscoe


Out of Darkness




Testimonial from the client:

Kari is absolutely amazing!  She made this whole experience so easy. This was my first custom photo shoot for a book cover - one that she talked me into when I couldn't find a picture that fit my vision. She talked me through all of my doubts and fears and made me not 'settle' just because I thought I had to. The contacts she has are also top notch and everyone that she puts you into contact with are such nice people. I don't think my career would be where it is without her. She is not only a cover artist, but a friend to the author and looks out for their best interests. I plan on staying with her for as long as she wants to make covers! You won't go wrong if you chose to work with her!
~ Laramie Briscoe, Author

 

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Every Rose
by Lynetta Halat

Every Rose


Ebook cover re-design


Living Again
by L.L. Collins


Living Again


To be released October 2013

Testimonial from the client:

Kari was absolutely fabulous to work with. Being new to this, she was phenomenal with guiding me and really seeing the vision I had for my book. She was always very prompt with responses, and has genuinely become a friend during the process. Everyone who sees my cover gasps with how beautiful it is, and I can't thank her enough. I will use her again and again and again! Thank you for making my dreams come true, beyond my wildest imagination. 
~ LL Collins, Author

 

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Bully
by Penelope Douglas


Bully


Testimonial from the client:

The cover exceeded my expectations! I loved the background Kari added, and how she saw into the personality of the characters. Work was completed before the deadline, and very reasonably priced. I will definitely be a return client!!
~ Penelope Douglas, Author

 

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Home Sweet Home
by Scarlett Metal


Home Sweet Home


Testimonial from the client:

Kari is awesome to work with.  She took my idea and made it fit my book perfectly on the first try.  She created a sexy cover that I fell in love with.
~ Scarlett Metal, Author

 

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Crossroads
by Megan Keith


Crossroads


 

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Finding My Way
by Megan Keith


Finding My Way


Testimonial from the client:

Admittedly, being my first book and having never met Kari, a stranger on the other side of the world, I was a little apprehensive as to what she would come back to me with, when I requested that she design my book cover.  I needn't have worried though.  Kari took what little information I gave her and ran with it.  The cover that she designed positively exceeded my expectations.  She didn't just give me what I asked for, but something so much better!  She completely overwhelmed me with her professionalism, helpfulness and understanding and I now count her as a friend.  I absolutely adore my book cover and all of the other graphics she has provided me since.  I have had nothing but positive feedback too.  I'm so happy that I discovered Kari at Cover to Cover Designs!  I am looking forward to working with her again on my next project; I highly recommend you do too!
~ Megan Keith, Author

Read the review and interview by BookAddictMumma with Megan Keith by clicking here

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Meant to Be
Book One - Heaven Hill Series
by Laramie Briscoe


Meant to Be


Testimonial from the client:

Kari did such an amazing job taking my vision out of words and putting them into picture form. She is super easy to work with and gets things done in a timely manor! I would reccommend her for any project that you have to get completed. Anything I asked her to do she attacked with excitement and a great attitude. I am so happy that I found her to work with and plan on working with her for everything in the future!
~ Laramie Briscoe, Author


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Covered in Lace

Covered in Lace
The Lacey Sheriden Story
by Ann Lister

 

 

Available as ebook, paperback, and hardcover now

 

 

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Testimonial from the client:

I was finishing the final edits for my novel, “Covered In Lace”, when I received an email from Kari Ayasha complimenting me on my books.  It was during this brief introduction email she mentioned she was a graphic artist/designer and if I ever needed any help with cover art, she'd like to try and help me.  What she didn't know was I had been toiling over the cover art, not sure what direction I should go with it, but knowing I needed to find a way to brand myself.  We exchanged a few emails and Kari quickly made me feel confident in her skills to pull this off and give me the cover I was visualizing in my head.  I gave her a brief outline of the story, the characters, and the ideas I had for the cover.  She took that information and ran with it!  I could not believe how fast she was able to take my visuals and send me back a mock-up that was close to being finished artwork!  She was fast, graciously available when I needed her to be, and never complained when I asked her to tweak this or that.  In the end, I had a book cover perfectly reflecting the personality of my character!  Kari has an amazing eye for design and how to tell a story with a book cover.  You will not be disappointed with her work!
~ Ann Lister, Author

 


Meant to Be

Fall for Me
Book One - the Rock Gods
by Ann Lister

 

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Testimonial from the client:

I loved what Kari created for the “Covered In Lace” book cover so much, I couldn't wait to see what she'd come up with for my next novel.  I hadn't even finished writing the manuscript for “Fall For Me”, when I dropped the idea of doing this cover onto her desk.  Again, she took the ideas and visuals I supplied about the story line and ran with it.  The mock-ups I received a few days later, were incredible!  “Fall For Me”, is Book One of a new series I am writing titled: The Rock Gods, and Kari will be creating all three covers for me.

Our next project is Book Two, “Take What You Want”, in the Rock Gods series and I can not wait to see what she comes up with for that cover!   In addition to that, I have asked her to take a look at the other four novels I have in print to see if she can create new covers for them, and we're also discussing ideas for her website design services, too.  With Kari's help, I am well on my way to branding my rock star romance novels and I could not be happier!  I love her style and she is a genuine joy to work with!
~ Ann Lister, Author


Taming Tess
by Barbara Raffin


Taming Tess


Currently only released as ebook

Testimonial from the client:

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What You Get With Your Cover

"Book cover" encompasses quite a bit. What exactly am I going to deliver? Here's a list:

  • The digital cover image in all sizes and dpi's that you need for all ebook sites - just tell me where you are going to be selling your ebook.
  • A 72 dpi format of your cover that you can use for your web site and cover reveal (this will load faster than the above image)
  • A 300 dpi image that can be used for actual printing of paperback (such as Createspace, Lulu, etc)
  • I will make you thumbnails if needed (to use on Facebook or other sites), and also two 3D images of your cover
  • I will provide your cover image in pdf format if needed (for example, if you are having posters or canvas printed)
  • If you need any other size or format, just ask and I will provide it

What Is the Process?

  • Email me to let me know about your project. A deposit is due to start a project. Fill out my design form to get started
  • Give me lots of details about your story, your characters, etc. I'd love to read your book if I have time!
  • If you do not have images that you want to use, I will find royalty free stock photos for you to use, or arrange a photo shoot
  • I will send you several mock-ups showing different ideas, colors, and different title and author fonts, etc.
  • I will make changes that you request to the mock-ups until we have a cover that you love
  • After receiving payment, I will send you all the files for your project

Payment

I accept PayPal payments and personal checks. Contact me for payment details. Payment plans can be set up IF REQUESTED BEFORE I START THE PROJECT. I will also accept Amazon Gift Cards and Starbucks Gift Cards. :-)

"It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write" ~ Sinclair Lewis