Hi, I’m Laura Read. I have over eight years’ experience in graphic design and I’m an author as well; I look at book cover design as a designer, writer and reader. Currently I’m developing my portfolio of book covers, so I’m charging just £200 for a simple ebook cover.


How I work with clients

We’ll go through the design brief together and I’ll ask you questions about your genre, characters and settings, so I know what your story is about to help me choose the perfect images. You can send me examples of covers that you like in your genre (as well as covers you hate!). I’ll come up with different design options and you can give me feedback at every step of the way – communicating with clients is really important and I want you to be completely happy with your cover.


Book cover design

Below are some of the covers that I’ve designed, including for myself. My cover for Deadly Sins won the Bronze Award for the 2017 AuthorsDB.com Book Cover Contest.


Deadly Sins - book cover designCaught-in-a-Lie-book-coverForbidden - book cover designGrace-book cover designUSS Stonewall Jackson - coverThe Spratly Incident - coverThe Black Sea Horde - coverThe Iranian Blockade - coverTHHS 0 HMS Holy Ghost - coverBeneath Sunless Waves - coverA Fall into Darkness - coverDeception Abyss - coverThe Rebel book cover design

Testimonial by author Stephen Makk

‘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. My sales and Amazon pagereads have vastly improved since I had my covers redesigned. I know you won’t be disappointed with her work.’ 



Prices start from just £200 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 a discount for:

  • Clients who want more than one cover or a series designing.
  • 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 and tell me about yourself, your writing and the cover/s you’d like me to design. (For example, let me know the title and genre of your book, whether you’re a new author or have published other books, and whether you want an ebook, paperback and/or hardback, as well as any optional extras such as adverts and images for social media.) In addition, I offer web design, proofreading/editing, marketing and book formatting services. Send me an email at laura@laurareadauthor.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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