Hi, I’m Laura Read. I have over seven years’ experience in graphic design and I’m an author as well, so I know what it feels like to be looking at a book cover as both a designer and writer. In April I started working on book cover design, and I want to build up my portfolio, so at the moment I’m charging just £100 for a simple ebook cover.
How I work with clients
If you’d like to work with me on your cover (or covers), we’ll go through the design brief together, and I’ll ask you lots of questions about your genre/s, characters and settings, so I know what your story is about to help me choose the perfect image/s. Sometimes it helps if you send me examples of covers that you like in your genre (as well as covers you hate!). I’ll come up with different options for you to choose from, and you can give me feedback at every step of the way – communicating with clients is important in my work and I want you to be happy with (and hopefully to love) your cover.
Book cover design
Below are some of the covers that I’ve designed already, including for myself.
Testimonial by author Stephen Makk
‘I liked my old cover for The Kali Option but prospective readers didn’t know what it was about. Laura designed me a new cover, telling readers exactly what they were getting. It’s punchier and precise, and says what the book’s about. Sales have improved.
‘HMS Holy Ghost sells well. The cover says: quiet, silent, mystery. It’s largely set on a submarine in the Red Sea, and that hot environment is suggested too.
‘I find Laura good to work with; she’ll work with your ideas but tell you when something doesn’t work and suggest a better idea. She’s an author too, so knows what you’re trying to express. I know you won’t be disappointed with her work.’
Prices start from just £100 for a simple ebook cover (not including the cost of any image/s used. I ask authors to buy stock images themselves so they can use the images for any future promotional work – e.g. on social media, ads, websites, banners at book fairs or book signings, etc). I offer discounts on:
- Series that use the same book cover design/branding
- Clients who want more than one cover
- Creating adverts and images for social media if I’ve previously designed your cover/s
- New covers for previous clients.
Get in touch
Want to work together? Please get in touch with me at email@example.com and let me know brief details about yourself and the cover/s you’d like me to design (e.g. genre/s, title/s, if you’re a new author or have published other books, if you want an ebook, paperback or hardback cover – or a combination – and what you’re looking for).