Just a quick note to say an official "Happy New Year" to my friends here.
Got some great news - just finished up a cover for Simon & Schuster (cannot share yet) and have two more with another large publishing House under way.
I have officially now, to date, completed more than 120 covers and wish to say thank you to all of the wonderful authors (now good friends) who have entrusted their precious works to me as their cover artist. Truly this means the world to me.
I am writing this also to officially answer many notes that I receive here - I get about approximately ten per day on DA alone asking me how to break into publishing as a cover artist and what my rates are.
I hope to clarify things a bit - and this will serve as a reply to the notes --
1. I NEVER solicit my work to authors -- I never have done so. It has all been a word-of-mouth referral.
2. I do not share pricing because each work is different and it also is based on the number of covers you have done, your clientele (how many known authors you have worked for, etc...) and and your level of expertise in the industry dealing with formatting, printing, brand marketing, etc... but again - it's totally UP TO YOU what you wish to charge.
I have been very fortunate in that I built a rapport with my authors and it has become a wonderful and special relationship when I work on a particular cover art. It's a labor of love, to be sure.
What NOT to do:
I have had a few artists who have solicited my current author list - actually telling a couple of them that they'd undercut my rate. lol
Just so you know - the authors have immediately come to me and disclosed the situation --
and I've blocked a handful of these people here and on Facebook -- I do NOT need friends like these.
To go so far to get a cover by undermining another artist will only do harm to yourself in the long run and not a very wise practice.
It's a tight-knit community in the publishing world - and word travels fast. A few such artists have already created a very bad name for themselves by this very practice.
I hope have covered most of your questions - I had posted something small once before regarding this - but thought i would update because i've been getting more and more questions each day regarding my day-job as a cover artist.
Lastly, I want to thank all of the beautiful stock providers who provide the stock for many of these covers. It is my honor and my privilege to work with you.
I wish you all a happy 2012 - may it be a great one for all of us!!!
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Congrats on the Simon & Schuster cover! That's really awesome news! I remember one time I was browsing through Barnes & Noble and I ran across one of your covers and being me, I said: "HEY! That's one of Claudia's covers! COOL!" really loud in a really quiet store...
Happy New Year! Also sounds like some people are being "fake friends" to try and make a quick buck.
Happy new years! Congratulations!
Happy New Year and wow some people are jerks I'm so glad it works the way it does and that it doesn't work and only puts them further behind.
Happy new year and wow, you really made a lot of book covers 8D keep the good work ^^
So glad to know that your talent is getting you places. I am very upset to hear that people who claim to be your friends are trying to steal your clients. That is very troubling to learn that people would even try to do that. Wishing you all the best in this new year!
Happy New Year! I hope you get a lot of business and have a great time doing so.
Happy New Year and great advise!
I hope that the new year will be good for you.
Glad the new year continues to bring more opportunities for you to get your art out to the world Claudia.
Happy New Year honey!!!
happy new year!!