”Publish a work of art.”

What you think you need: a book cover that matches your story.

What you actually need: a book cover that will attract your audience.

You finished a book and are looking for cover design. Great. I’m not going to tell you I’m the best designer in the world, or why a cover from me will double your book sales. Instead, let’s start with your choices.

There are three kinds of designers:

#1 – The amateur, they’ll do what you want. It might be good, or it might not. Honestly the biggest challenge here will be YOU, because amateurs will let you take over instead of telling you what you need. Amateurs can be creative and talented, but they don’t have the business experience or confidence to tell you “that’s not going to work.”

#2 – The professional. They’ll make something clean and decent. It’ll look great, and pretty… but not terribly exciting. They’re probably cranking out covers. It’s good enough, and will avoid obvious design mistakes, but it’ll also look like everything else. TRUTH: you don’t WANT to stand out or look different, you want to fit in. But you also want to be better. You need to learn the rules so you can break them. But you don’t want to take TOO big a risk, or it won’t attract your readers. 

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

That leaves #3: The artisan. Someone who can tell you exactly why one cover will perform better than another, and how to use design to effortlessly attract your target audience – so your book marketing strategy is more than just “publish and hope.”

  • Derek Murphy
    Derek Murphy

Hi, I’m Derek. Over the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of bestselling authors and become an expert in every aspect of publishing – from book design to launching a bestseller. In 2016 I finished my PhD in Literature, got featured by CNN for organizing a writing retreat in a French castle, and started publishing my own fiction.

My book covers have adorned NYT bestselling books, been featured in Barnes & Noble, and even made it to Oprah magazine. If this is your first book, I strongly recommend going through my free materials first on cover design. Don’t forget to grab my free guide to book design and watch the the book design tutorials I’ve made – even if you hire a professional, you NEED to understand the basics of book cover design. 

On the other hand if you want someone who not only knows how to write books readers love, but also get your book in front of those readers, and are ready to invest in your book’s success… I’m your guy.

Cover templates and custom book design for all budgets that will help your book SELL

  • "Derek did a fantastic job of my book cover. I had a nebulous idea in my head as to what the central images would be but couldn’t articulate them properly. Derek used a process of trial and error, presenting all kinds of alternatives that helped us to work towards the finished product together. The result was far superior to what I had imagined."

    Joanna Penn The Creative Penn
  • "It is perfect. I couldn't have dreamed up anything better, nor could I be happier! It's beautiful, clever and does a great job bringing the elements of the book into visual metaphor. You really surpassed expectations, Derek. THANK YOU!"

    Rebecca Baumgartner
  • "Thank you for the perfect cover! I enrolled it in Amazon Select and as part of the program it is free today and tomorrow. It's currently #392 in the Kindle Store. That's 392 out of 4 million! Amazing. This would NEVER have happened without your beautiful eye-catching cover! I thank you and cannot wait to see what you do with my next cover."

    Laura Momot
  • "How can I express my absolute gratitude for your care and concern through every stage of this project? The subject matter of the book is of course, so personal and delicate, that it was difficult for me to trust it with anyone, yet it was beyond my scope to take it to the level it needed to be. I put my trust in you and you went above and beyond my dreams. I will not forget this."

    Jonni Gray
  • I just wanted to tell you again how much I love this cover. It strikes the perfect cord with me, plus it’s just eye catching and stunning. Much better than the first two traditionally pubbed books, IMO. And the website is perfect and exactly what I needed. Feeling incredibly blessed - thank you again for everything.

    Kerry Schafer
  • "I wanted to thank you for creating two outstanding book covers for me. Both books are under review by a major book publisher and they have commented on the quality of the cover. Thank you very much for your hard work, diligence, quick response, and creativity! You are the best of the best!"

    John Mattone

Need a budget solution? Grab my DIY cover design templates, or my free guide to designing covers that sell.

I’ve invested thousands of dollars into online book design tools and resources, to help indie authors design better books without making amateur mistakes. My YouTube videos on book design have nearly a million views. Recently I put my book formatting templates and book cover design templates altogether into one “Epic Book Design Package,” then I included my $197 course on book marketing. I’m relaunching in 2018 with hundreds of new templates and an unparalleled online design tool. If you want more control over your publishing and the ability to make your own covers, get in now before the price goes up.

  • Book formatting layouts in Word and InDesign
  • Huge list of best fonts for every genre
  • Book cover templates / online book cover tool
  • Cover design secrets video course
  • Amazing 3D book promotion images
  • My first course on marketing, Reach Your Readers


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  • The Best Free Online Graphic Software for Your Book Covers
  • 300+ Recommended Fonts for Every Genre
  • 5 Common Book Cover Myths Most Indie Authors Believe
  • The Simple Tweak that Tripled my Book Sales.
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