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!

October News and Notes

My exciting new connection in the publishing business!

I’m thrilled to be added as a resource for New Shelves Books! After meeting Amy Collins at a book signing last month, Amy suggested bringing me on board as a resource for her clients in the publishing business. I had a lovely call with Amy’s business partner, Keri Barnum, today and we are all set up.

New Shelves Books is a one-stop-shop for writers looking for guidance in the publishing world – anything from marketing, formatting, social media and all forms of publishing. Amy and Keri do it all or will work with writers at whatever level or depth required. I highly recommend their services to all of the authors out there. And I’m looking forward to gaining new clients through their referral service.

Authors will find tons of invaluable information on their website, and if nothing else follow their blog.

New Book Cover Design

Now on Amazon

My fourth cover design for Debbie Viggiano – she’s a joy to collaborate with!

And on a final note, I’ll be out of the office for much of the rest of October.

Family time is precious. Self-care time is precious as well. It has been one hectic summer and I’m exhausted. Thus, I’m taking a few weeks away from the design desk and re-charging my batteries. Autumn is my favorite season of the year anyways.

Technical Difficulties

Greetings Visitors and Friends. During a particularly busy time here at Avalon Graphics, I have suffered a computer failure and thus I am forced to close down production on all work until I can resolve the issue or replace my design computer. Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed within a week, and I apologize for any lag in email responses in the meantime. For those of you whom I’m either currently working with or scheduled to begin working with shortly, I will remain in touch and do my best to keep to promised deadlines.

Thank  you for your patience during this difficult time.

A thriving Book Cover Design Business

I created Avalon Graphics back in 2009 and never imagined that it would grow to be this successful in just four short years! As of this month, I find myself scheduling work well into late Fall, and actually to the point of considering myself over capacity! I will continue to work through the back log and fill requests as quickly as possible.

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