Lead Me Not book cover by book cover illustator Duncan Long

Working with an illustrator or artist to create a quality book cover is a big deal, especially for indie and self-publishing authors. The quality of the cover is the new “gatekeeper” that helps readers decide whether a book is going to be worth buying.

A good book cover illustration and layout will attract buyers; a bad cover guarantees poor sales.

Here’s an article that gives the scoop on how to work with an artist to create a kick-butt book cover illustration.

Duncan Long is a book cover illustrator for many self-publishing authors and indie publishers as well as larger presses including HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, and Enslow Publishers. You can see his illustrations online at Duncan Long’s Book Illustration Portfolio