Book covers: Before and After

Most people buy books with their eyes. At least, I do, unless I read about a book-or already know the author-and don’t particularly care about the cover. However, for a baby indie such as myself, it’s important to have a great, professional looking cover. For The amazon and the beast I had a cover from fiverr first which was fairly cheap (the more professional looking artists on fiverr were quite expensive which is only normal considering the quality). But then I stumbled upon a great facebook group for indies and saw other covers and was like… umm okay, my original cover just won’t do. At all.

I was lucky to come across Andrew Dobell’s Creative edge studios and had a new cover made. The end result was fantastic and I get a lot of positive feedback. Lesson: save up for a professional cover!

So, how did the cover for The Amazon and the Beast come to life?

First, I browsed the entire site of Creative edge, going for the pre-made covers since I didn’t have a huge budget for a cover. I saw plenty I loved and a few that would suit my heroine who is a kick-ass amazon in an urban fantasy/paranormal romance setting.

I got in contact with the cover artist and got a selection of a particular model I had in mind. Browsing through thousands of pictures I settled on the one below.

I also wanted the asylum the Callahans live in in the background as I plan to use the same background in every cover for this series.

Enter, a vintage building somewhere in the UK, which was great for my ‘asylum’. Since a knife plays a role in my story I wanted my heroine carrying one, so this was added to the cover as well.

The end result (in full pixels) is this pretty baby 🙂

  • If you like the cover of my book, please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on

For more amazing before and after book covers go here.

I’m working on a new cover for the next book in the Mythos series. If you have input, I’d love to hear it!

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