December Holiday Update

Happy Holidays!

Time for a Break Following This Update

Once again, I have had a busy and successful year as an independent Book Cover Designer. I’ve taken on numerous new clients and made a couple of invaluable new connections. Thank you to everyone for making 2019 another fabulous year!

Newly Completed Book Cover Designs

New Pre-Made Covers are also available – contact me for more details.

New for 2020

I am removing the Book Trailer Video Services from my website. Not only has demand for full length book trailers dropped off in recent years, the cost involved in producing trailers far exceeds what I can reasonably charge for the service. I am playing around with making short clips that are either simple animated GIF files or only a couple of frames of video for authors if I have any inquiries.

Keep in mind that all designs are created with the use of, often times, multiple stock elements (images and illustrations). These do not come free – most licenses cost $5.00 to $10.00 a piece. I will add the cost of all licenses used in the final design to your bill. I do not profit from this, but I cannot afford to shoulder the costs of all of the licenses that I must purchase throughout the year either. Always remember that I produce multiple designs every month, not just your book cover. If I can find free for commercial use resources, I will go that route first. But more than likely I’ll be purchasing RF stocks from either Depositphotos or Shutterstock to complete your design.

Also, in closing out my books for the year the most disconcerting statistic is that my earnings show a decrease from the previous year (despite an increase in labor time overall). Thus, after five years of keeping my commission rates the same – I am going to increase my commissions for my services. Honestly, it is overdue as both my experience has grown and my skill level has broadened exponentially. I cannot continue giving my time and talent away. I need to work less hours due to my health and family commitments, and earn a fair rate for quality design when I do choose to accept new projects. And I will no longer provide unlimited edits and updates at no additional cost – this has become the biggest loss of time for me in recent years.

In closing, I wish all a blessed holiday season. See you in 2020!

A Belated Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you enjoyed your holidays and 2014 is off to a great start! I had meant to be blogging a lot more frequently than I have. Shame on me! However, illness and many distractions, both work related and personal, have kept me away in recent months.

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October Updates and the arrival of Autumn at Avalon Graphics

Autumn photo

Autumn is my favorite season and if I  had my way, I’d spend every waking minute of it out in nature enjoying the beauty of it. Alas, not this year as I’ve found myself busier than ever between work and personal matters. And keeping up a blog seems to be something that I simply cannot find the extra time to do either! I very much admire my friends and colleagues who regularly blog despite their busy careers and family lives! How do you do it?!

 

Updates:
I am currently working with several clients on projects ranging from book covers to book trailers to interior map illustrations and marketing materials. And I still feel that I’ve never truly caught up from being offline back in August while moving house. But it is a blessing to be in such high demand these days and I thank all of you who have commissioned me for design services during these busy times.

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