Book Cover Re-Design- “Family or Pro”?

This was sweet and so sensitive a topic as this Christian author came to me with a cover that her son done the illustration for. While he did a great job for a 16-year-old, it still has an amateur look to the book cover and had not been making any sales. She at first thought that maybe we could pick up on some of the elements or pieces of her sons’ illustration and while that would have been sweet and honoring to him, it but the art still didn’t look fresh and intriguing to the age group she was trying to attract that was used to beautiful fantasy illustrations.

The author and I had many rounds of layouts to get the right look as she had certain elements in her story that she wanted to be seen: Fairies (without wings or pointy ears), a comet type event, dragonfly lanterns, acorns, and much more but we ended up nixing many layouts that just got too “busy” with elements  as I tried to get her to go SIMPLE.

I’ll share some of our “busy” rounds below to give you an idea of our thought process and then the final “Before & After”. Congratulations to her as a large distribution house told her yesterday that it was one of the best covers they had seen in a long time! May the Lord open doors to many sales.

Some layouts from our busy round:

and our final BEFORE & AFTER




Guest blog … Lisa Hainline is a designer and has been a strong advocate of WHY a cover design makes a difference in sales. She designs under her names Lionsgate Book Design and Lisa Hainline. Knowing “who” you book buying market is will create the “hook” for the design to develop the magnet you want your book to be. Her website is Based in California, she’s an active participant on the Author U LinkedIn group. Lisa’s phone is 909-436-9025 and email

Please see my Christian Book Cover Portfolio for more examples of my cover designs and contact me at or to discuss your project and how we at Lionsgate Book Design can help make your publication gain all the advantage it deserves.

header-logo1.pngAuthor U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps, and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre-, during and post-publishing of their books. Join today.

 If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday if you are an GOLD member. 

Follow Me

Was this helpful? Get more FREE tips and insight:

Follow Me

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please prove you're human: * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.