I designed my own cover for my first indie published book, Killer Career. Let me tell you, it was a chore! Then Robert W. Walker's covers on Amazon caught my eye, and I asked who did them. Turned out, it was his son, Stephen. Fortunately for me, Stephen was taking on clients!
|Stephen Walker is always up for a challenge!|
Here he is enjoying his favorite sport, kayaking!
Stephen is very patient and easy to collaborate with. I like to scout for stock photos, and e-mail them to him. Then, by magic, he figures out how to put them together exactly the right way. He suggests backgrounds, he adds special fonts, he moves figures around, and makes a cover all that it can be.
Here are the ones he designed for me:
Just to let you know, Stephen is quite amenable and adaptable. If I suggest a change that would take me forever to accomplish, he says, okay, like there's nothing to it. Before I know it, I've got the new version. His prices are also very reasonable, and depend on whether or not he provides the photos, and how much time he spends on a project.
So you can get better acquainted with Stephen, I did this short interview:
How long have you been designing covers?
Over 10 years. Schooled at Portfolio Center in Atlanta
Who have you done covers for?
Robert W. Walker, my father. Morgan Mandel. Mark Terry. John Westerman. Norman Wilson. Jim Ingraham. Linda K. Smith. Ellen Grogan. Chester D. Campbell. Marlys Rold.
Are you taking on new clients?
Yes, of course!
How do you decide what to put on a cover?
That depends greatly on the input from the author. We have a conversation, I read either a synopsis of the book or sample chapters. Many times authors suggest something so specific it is difficult to work with. So what I suggest is thinking in terms of suggestive imagery, allowing readers to use their imaginations, so I love working with silhouettes, light/darkness, and something to set the scene like a dark alley or a city scape.
What programs do you use?
Photoshop and Illustrator primarily.
What other services do you offer?
Web development, identity design (logo, business card, letterhead), brochure and presentation design, posters/trade show large format design. What I do not do is print production, that is offered by 3rd party sources.
You can reach Stephen Walker at email@example.com or through his above website.
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