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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Interview With DLC Cover Designer #books #covers #art

Welcome to BRB, everyone! My guest today isn't an author, but she is someone every author needs. Aside from an editor, maybe even a beta reader, every author requires a good cover designer, someone who can capture the essence of their novel in one image. An image that can make or break a sale. Which is no small achievement by any means. Welcome to BRB, Donna! enough of my chatter. Tell us about yourself.
First of all allow me to thank you, Blak, for having me here today. I appreciate you spotlighting my e-book cover designs and supporting my work.
About me…. My name is Donna Collier of DLC Designs. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, animal lover, avid camper, and graphic designer. I live in beautiful southern Michigan with my husband of 28 years.     
How did you become a cover designer?
My experience in this field started with learning how to design websites. I freelanced at that for 8 years learning how to work with clients to make their ideas come alive on the web. Then it was time for a change so I decided to do what makes my heart sing…my favorite part of website design…Graphic Art. With the help of an author friend, I looked into how to make that happen and that is what brings us here today.
As a writer, one of my greatest tools of inspiration is music. Where do you find the most inspiration?
I love music too, as well as browsing digital art sites like Deviant Art. It am continually amazed by the talented people out there.
What is the process to creating a book cover?
I start by talking with the client about their ideas of what they would like to see on their cover. Next they send me a blurb about the book so I can get a feel for their story. Together we decide on the images to be used and the direction the cover should take. Then I go to work. Generally I design several covers for the client to choose from. Once a single cover has been chosen I will work with the client to dial in their finished cover.   
Have you ever won an award for your work?
No awards to date. I won a website banner contest several years ago that helped me make the decision to do this full time. 
What is your favourite cover to date? Why?
I have a long time client who is a retired teacher turned author. He was one of my first paying clients and he has stuck with me to this day (8 covers later). I would say anything designed for him is my favorite. 

Which genres will you design for?
I will design any genre e-book cover.
Promo: I do freelance work from my home in southwestern Michigan. My passion lies in digital design. Let me use that energy to design an E-Book cover for you. One that makes your E-Book jump off the screen. Please see my portfolio at http://dcoll1.wix.com/dlcdesigns I would love the opportunity to work with you. Let’s get started today! 
Thank you so much, Donna! It was wonderful to have here! I wish you the best of success. 
Blak Rayne 

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