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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