MidJourney AI art for book cover design (how is this legal?) 

The image above was designed by a computer program.

I don’t know about you, but I was not aware AI art software like this even existed. If I were an illustrator or graphic designer, I’d be a bit nervous. Since I’m currently talking with a potential client that is looking for an illustrator for her mother’s children’s book, I immediately thought of AI artwork for children’s books.

Derek Murphy, in his post (link below) talks about it, how to use it the software he’s using (and there has to more than one, doesn’t there?) and some legal things to think about. It’s a whole new world for book art, my friends!


*Scroll all the way down for much better images since the last midjourney update.* Update: I just spoke about AI art with Joanna Penn, you can listen to the podcast HERE. Today I’m playing with midjourney for character and book cover design. You’ve probably seen people posting these to Facebook: what you get is extremely […]

Source: MidJourney AI art for book cover design (how is this legal?) – Creativindie

Amazon is Cutting Services For Authors

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Amazon is cutting it’s editing, design and marketing services.

“After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services,” Amazon said in a statement. “We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.”

Here is a post by Thad Moore on The Post and Courior.

But never fear!!

There are many people out there like me, who work on a freelance basis and can help you edit and design and market your story. I’ve been a member and the Southcentral Wisconsin Chapter Coordinator of the Editoral Freelancers Association for many years now and they are a great group of professionals from across the US (and I think a few in other countries as well) that aim to provide quality services and have the authors interest at heart.

If you need any kind of editing, design or marketing services, walk, don’t run –

to their site and submit a job listing. You’ll get more responses then you’ll know what to do with. And I may just be one of them 😉  Or just contact me directly at for a quote.

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Ironclad Book Copyright Page Examples that will Protect You!

Dave Chesson gives some great information and links related to book copyright and a copyright page. – Thanks Dave for making it so clear!


Access our free book copyright page example as well as learn how to create a book copyright page for your book so as to protect yourself.

Source: Ironclad Book Copyright Page Examples that will Protect You!

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Cover best practices – Finding the Right Designer for You: Guido Caroti | IndieReCon 2015

Some very practical advise straight from the horses mouth, as they say.

Cover best practices – Finding the Right Designer for You: Guido Caroti | IndieReCon 2015.

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How to Use ibooks Author to Create a Kindle Illustrated Book – Tutorial

If you have a mac and want to create a children’s picture book (or any other picture book for that matter), Steve Sagovac has posted some step by step directions.

I create my pictures books using InDesign, which, unfortunately, is not a program you can figure out by trial and error. There are some things in InDesign that are similar to photoshop, because they are both adobe products, but there is a lot of functionality of the program that you’d need to take a class to learn. Check with your local technical college or online for classes if you’re interested in learning. Or hire someone to do it for you. It’s a service I provide and so do a lot of other illustrators or graphic designers.

Using ibooks or Indesign both give you a pdf that you download to Amazon. It works for both programs.

I think Kindle also has a way to create a picture ebook on their site – a relatively new service – but I don’t know how to use that or how well it works for those who have. I know some people have had with the upload of the file – the whole book not uploading – but I don’t know much more than that. If you have used the Amazon process for creating a picture book, please feel free to share how it worked (or didn’t work) for you.

Illustrated books need a fixed layout for ebooks vs a flowing laying for books with primarily text. The program Jutoh is supposed to be able to do fixed layout ebooks, but again, I have never tried it because I have InDesign. Jutoh is great for creating mobi and epub files of your ebook, though. That’s a service I provide for clients.

Thanks Steve for your help with ibooks author!

How to use Kindle Kids Book Creator – Tutorial.

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The Meaning of Color in Book Cover Design: Community : Community



Abigail Carter from gives some good insights on color. Read and learn!

The Meaning of Color in Book Cover Design: Community : Community.

Article: Book Design – Revisiting Classic Layout for Print and EBooks

canons_of_page_designSince I do book design, I was intrigued by a blog post I came across that wanted to revisit classic layout, since I didn’t know what classic layout meant. Now I do.

And so can you, if you read Dave Bricker’s post from his site:

Article: Book Design – Revisiting Classic Layout for Print and EBooks.

What I mostly like about this post is Dave reinforcing one of the main reasons I like to design books for myself and others – artistic freedom!

This entry was posted on February 24, 2014, in book design.