I will try my best to update my portfolios. I haven't designed many covers and a few of them are just updated. Feel free to browse.
On September 13, 2020, I have learned that many non essential businesses has closed down and some have shorten their hours for the safety and health of people around us. As a substitute teacher, I understand the financial hardship. Here at Madison Book Cover Designs, I have temporarily reduced the prices of my premades from $35 to $50 (all under the basic price of $60) and if you are interested in a customized cover, as long as you can find the image you want from Depositphotos, I will design a cover at 20% off regular (e-book cover) price. If a cover is normally $75 then you get a cover at $60. Full wraps are 5% off (see the prices section of the website)
I will try my best to update my portfolios. I haven't designed many covers and a few of them are just updated. Feel free to browse.
I don't blog much about my covers. They are pretty much self explanatory, but lately, I have seen in groups where the mods won't allow anyone posting a cover for under $50. Why ? Most professional graphic designers will tell you that no one wants to buy a cheap cover. I've seen their prices and they put a lot of hard work into their cover. Maybe it makes them look bad. Maybe they feel if everyone post a $30 cover, it would make the group look less professional. I haven't asked them and I doubt I would. It's their prerogative. It didn't bother me so much until a friend of mine polled everyone in her group and she went with the majority: No covers under $50. What's left is my group. I could be different and allow people to post covers under $50. But I polled too. Guess what? Of the few that voted, they all voted the same.
Authors, my covers are under $50 for two reasons: A) Some of the images I use doesn't cost anything. I get them from Pixabay. If I charge $55 for a simple cover, would that be fair? Let's be honest. I think some people could make a simple cover. I've known authors who would rather use Canva or Pic Monkey to make their covers. Do you think it is because graphic designers charge more than I could afford? This leads to my second reason. I am in business to help you! I have payment plans and senior discount, but I want to help the low income authors too! But If I go be like everyone else, you know what happens? They will find a cheaper option and no one gets business.
On Facebook, if I din't post a price, please ask. Chances are the cover is less than $50
I have updated my websites with new and remade premades. I hope you enjoy them and don't forget to tell your author friends about Madison Book Cover Designs.
I'm sure you have seen many posts like this. Authors post on their walls on facebook about leaving a review. A review is important to the author. It helps readers decide whether they should invest in your book or not. If you got the book free, its the least you can do. But so many readers don't even bother or don;t know how. Some reviews are from trolls. These are people who never read your books but leave you a negative review. I have gotten one review where the reader didn't finish reader my book. Somehow she found it offensive when she read about soaking worship. She reminded me Jesus's disciples (I'm not talking about the twelve) In the book of John, many people followed him because they wanted to learn from him. (The word disciple means Learned or Learned one), but Jesus spoke of his body as being bread and wine, it offended them. "What does he mean by eating his flesh and drinking his blood?" Jesus didn't apologize for he spoke the truth. They minds were carnal. Jesus turned to the twelve who soon become apostles, "Do you want to leave too?" Peter responded by saying, "Where can we go? You have the words of eternal life." They stayed with him!
How I wish I had readers who would stay with me. All my recent reviews on book one were one stars reviews. One quit reader after page four because she didn't understand the concept of soaking worship. These reviewers were like the disciples who thought Jesus taught some strange things. The reviewer thought the same thing. One of them she wasted her time on the book. I bet the Jews thought the same thing. "Why are we following him for?" But I have my faithful few just like Jesus does. And if you are one of the readers who enjoys my book, leave a review. Here is how you can do it:
(Amazon or other book retailers)
1. Go where you purchase or downloaded my ebook or paperback. If you put my book title and author name in the search box, it will take you to my book page. Go down where it says "Write a review" and follow the prompts there
If you are on Goodreads and you are using a kindle, it should mark you as currently reading. Update it whenever you can and when finished, it will ask you to leave a comment and further down leave a review.
These reviews are important to me. We spend way lot more on paying for a professional polished book than you do for one ebook or paperback. We only get a small percentage of royalty depending on the price of the book.
These reviews encourage authors to continue writing. Leaving a fake review or a one star reviews stabs us in the back and you can's just say , "I don't like." I usually tell the author why I gave it that many stars. But if you read a book and don't finish then don;t leave a review (Unless of course you promise to review)
My series is not your run of the mill Christian story. I have read books where I know the character has faith or go to church but their faith is more like saving faith. The author might mention God a few times, but they don't write faith based stories. I am not going to apologize for the stories God have given me. But if it makes the readers happy, I will try not to not make my books too spiritual for you. My MCs in the one I am rewriting has a friend who is a Christian and my book has a hero who isn't. You can say its even balance. He will use certain words but not often and it will not have Gods name attach to it. She also has a half sister who is a Christian and she plays an important role because Marge walked away from God and she is trying to find her way back to him and give him her hurts.
During my hiatus from Facebook, I have been rewriting A Second Chance at Love. It is sad that a certain editor who had edited a sample page said my story lacks detail. I had truly hope she was an answer to prayer, but like all editors I have met and known, she is more about than trusting God. I was at a point of wondering if I should give up writing. I could never afford people and I haven't racked up sales and reviews. How some authors can afford three or four edits and two proofreading is beyond me. They must have a good job. I wish I could skip all that.
I took an hiatus because Facebook has kept my friends from seeing most of my updates. I would write several updates in at least four hours and they see like one I posted two hours ago to my most recent. Everything in between is unseen and I felt invisible. I had a friend who deactivated her account because she found out that the CEO of Facebook is censoring conservative posts and selling our interests to companies. This is why we see so many sponsored posts. Even post that doesn't interest us. I got so tired of it that I just wanted a break. I also wanted a break because my readers group seem to be asleep. Even when I tag people do they all respond?
I have been updating A Second Chance at Love, This is a story about a woman who had given up on love and whose attitude is a real turn off for people because of past hurts. She adopted a cynical attitude. She is also crippled and it had gained the attention of a wealthy businessman who would like to not only make her a model(He can transform with disabilities) but his wife as well. One of his employees happens to be a former lover named Carliano who goes by Carliano. But Marge is not ready to date again. She needs God to heal her, but in order for that to happen, she needs to find her way back to him and only one woman who can do that: Samantha Stevenson. The wealthy businessman ex-wife and a sister she never knew. This woman shows up most often when her ex-husband sends his men to invite Marge to a two years contract and it baffles not only his three men, but himself as well. After Marge resigned, she had no place to go. No one will take her in because of her attitude. She gets her car back from the shop and she is ready to leave. This is where Samantha comes in. And it is Samantha who will help Marge find Jesus again and reunite her with Carliano.
In my previous version, Marge has a male friend, but I've doing some thinking. How can a cynical woman have a male friend? I had decided that Sam shall be Shelly and she plays an important part, but not as much as a voice in the story. In fact, I like this Shelly and I hope you do to.
I'm not sure when this story will be published. I haven't met or found an editor who will work with me and consider my circumstances. But I will keep you posted.
Here it is 8 and a half years later and my career is put on hold. Oh, I could just write and publish and hope for the best, but my books would receive criticism about my spelling, typos or wherever. Sad enough I am no editor, but I do self edit yet only so that a paid one won't have much to edit. What am I saying?
The world needs understanding editors
Don't get me wrong. I am not defaming any at all. I write from my own experience and editors had told me that they are worthy of their wages. And they are. So am I but people don't come to me as much to design a cover for them. A few only asked me a couple of times in the past then move on. So maybe I should show compassion on low income authors and reduce my prices for them. That way the seed of kindness and compassion will become something I can reap. I need it!
I know a young woman who welcomed me as a client, but her prices were steeped yet I felt God led me to ask her to edit for me. I was still working but still paying bills and I asked God to please provide. Instead, I lost my job. I told her my situation and instead of saying she would waiver the fee, she said she had been busy and she could beta read when she is not. So much for that. I am back to where I was.
Where do I go from here?
That's a good question. My covers aren't selling and I get very little royalties because readers aren't interested in my books. I already lost two reviews thanks to Amazon. So Purify My Heart has eight. Book 1 got my reveals but my ratings are average and Book 2 and three still have three reviews. If I can't afford to hire an editor, then I can't afford advertising. I'm at a point to where I should throw in the towel and cut my losses or just keep on writing no matter what. Many of my friends would say keep on writing but how many actually read my books?
Writing is easy, but publishing is not. I have one MS ready for edit and I'm self editing another, but as fa as anyone reading i, that it all depends on....
My Cover Business
I must be in a dry period. I had only sold one cover this year so far. I would like to sell more than one. I Have had authors who seemed interested then they change their mind. I even had one who asked me about me about an image I used on her cover and her question made me wondered about my own business. I had many covers with models from Pixabay but I never thought it was a problem. Apparently it is. I removed a few from my site and I am no longer designing covers using Pixabay models. This also means, I will be promoting covers I already made. To top that off, the administrator of a cover group kicked me out before finding out the truth from me. I have been kicked out of a lot of places and groups: CIAN groups on Facebook because I wouldn't unblock a member of the group and the cover group I just mentioned and my job because they didn't like the quality of my work, but really I think hey just wanted reason to remove from the sub list.
So with no other income, I am sad to say, I will not be publishing until an editor has compassion on me. and until my finances look better. Until then have a good life,
I have been an author for over 7 years. I started with a very poorly written manuscript which I thought was not. However, one reviewer, my aunt, let me know in a review it was poor;y written. My publisher was nothing but a rip off. If you are under a traditional publisher, you have someone to edit your manuscript and so I thought the same of my publisher at that time, but I learned the hard way, that they publish as is and sell your "poorly written" a book a high price. So after getting my rights back, I went the Indie way.
7 years later, I have four books ready for authors to read my books and leave reviews. Some don't bother. I suppose that is better than a one star review, but when you have a book that has been sitting on the shelf with only three reviews for a long time you begin to wonder. I know I have. I have a street team which is very small and very inactive. Most of them are authors. The one I know is a reader has passed away and another left my group. I am beginning to wonder if it is all worth it. I am on a street team and as I read the author's book, I wonder if she had read mine since she is on my team. One member had left a review, but what about the others. I soon found out that once again Amazon did it again: remove reviews or not post a review they consider going against the rules of reviews. Yes, Amazon is very picky about reviews that reviewers have to be careful how they write it and be a shopper of Amazon.
I have one book in the select program: A Man for Beth. It is my only book in that program and I wanted to keep it that way. Because it is in the program, I have my report showing that someone is reading my book. A Man for Beth is a short read but I wanted readers to use Kindle Unlimited in case they didn't want to pay the regular price. Right now, the ebook is $1.99, but when the three months ends, I may take it out of select. That is, if Amazon doesn't leave the reviews alone or allow readers to review my book. I would advise very author to take their books out of the select program. They care more about best selling authors than whose who struggle. We authors pay a high price to get our books on the shelves in hopes that readers will want to read the book. We depend the reviews to go live, but what good is it to be exclusively Amazon if they continue to remove our reviews from our books?
Lately on Facebook, I have noticed a few things: !) people comment or like what I post sporadically. What do I mean? I would scroll down my time line and ad see tons of posts with no comments or likes between posts that have them. I guess it's the famous Facebook Algorithm. Personally I think that has to do with pages. However, Facebook seems to set up my timeline as me seeing posts from the same person more than once. I think they expect us to go to their timeline but who has time when we have so many friends? So my solution is to share posts from my page. And I will do it as often as I can.
I am an author and cover designer, but it seems I get little interactions Facebook wants us to spend money so that's why they set it up that way. Yet what are the results? I spent money to boost posts and it has got me nowhere! I need clients but they seem to have no need for me. I'll keep posting and sharing. Hopefully if I keep knocking, someone will open the door to their wallet. And hopefully I will get enough people to read my books
Over a week ago, I released the third and final book in my series: A Man For Beth. I have seen many authors write more than 3, but it won't be me. Why is that? I don't have readership like these authors do. Not one reader has ever written me and tell me how much they love my book. The ones that reviewed and said, "I can't wait for the next month," never reviewed my next book. So with that, it ends here.
Since December, my life had changed. I lost my mother who passed away and my sister and my income has diminished. I charged more for my covers because some authors don't appreciate my low prices to come to me and my work has improved--I am in a drought. I started questioning my life and what I should do. My second book in the series stayed with three reviews while my first gained more but not better reviews. I needed income and it was not coming from authors and royalty not from readers. I spend more on my book than they do on downloading it so A Man For Beth stays at $2.99. When I start to get the reviews, then I will have it free for a couple of days.
I need to feel appreciated it, but it doesn't seem to come so I retook the CBEST test and I finally passed it. Soon I will have my emergency sub permit and make it a little more than I do for my covers. Next year, I am hoping to move to Montana and enroll at MSU. This just was not the year. So if you need a custom cover, contact me. For now I will focus on editing and revising my first book and short stories. If readers and authors, appreciated me, it would have been a little different,but I am in God's hands. I want to leave you with a song that encouraged me. I will write two tomorrow
Here it is June 1 and I am staring at my word document, wondering why bother. I have been an author for less than seven years. However, I spent the majority of the time with rewrites, edits and self edits and less time on publishing. Seven years ago I was in process of looking for a reputable publisher. I dream of having Marge traditionally published, but the dream ended when my researched showed that agents and publishers are more interested in well known authors. I also dream or thought writing should be a secondary job. It should be.
Many authors would tell you there is no such thing as over night success. Many will tell you that they had to edit and edit and edit. Doesn't seem likely to me when an author spews out several books a year. You know the last time I published a book? December 2016. So that is my reality. People who writes series usually have the next book ready within 6 months. Not me. My third book won't be out until the money comes in. A friend told me there are no such thing as a free lunch (A kid will disagree because they don't know the parents paid for the lunches) So I suppose, I am like a kid. I want my free lunch, but that's not reality.
Editing is a profession just like graphic designing. Many designers don't give away covers unless they are doing a give away, but I have seen GDs offer discounted covers so why not a discounted editing service? I am not asking for professional editors to edit my MSs for free, but a discounted service. How about 25% off for first time customers? Am I asking too much? So, here I am with a MS almost ready to publish and no money to pay for editing services. Sigh I wish I had a good eye for mistakes etc. After all some authors make their own covers so why can't I edit my own MSs?
Another reason you don't see more than one book published a year by me is there is no demand for my books. Reviewers will say in one review "Can't wait to read the next book." yet when it is out, they don't. I just don't feel motivated when my ratings don't go up or it people don't leave a review. Those reviews are what keeps me going and if I don't see any, why bother? I also never receive fan mail. So why should I continue writing and publishing? Well, I won't stop writing because it is in my blood but until people really likes my books or I can actually be my own editor or an editor grants me favor with them, they will just sit on my hard drive.
Book two also sits on the shelf with only three reviews (sigh) and two aren't that favorable. I know many authors gets negative reviews, but they get many good reviews to make up for it. It is hard for me when I see how well someone's book is selling and mine just sits with the three reviews.
Maybe someday, I will just take all my books down and never publish another book again. Then again, I will get inspired. I love to write, but maybe as a friend told me, maybe just write for me. It was what I have done many years ago. I wrote to escape. Many people don't understand my stories. While I see one of my characters as caring and protective, the readers sees him as controlling. Even in a fantasy story, readers saw the mom as controlling. Sigh. Maybe because I grew up with a father who was controlling towards my mother and that was how I saw life. I have a father in heaven who is not controlling. Thank you, Jesus.
One more point, some authors have told me to write what It is in my heart, but when I do, people question my story line or characters so once again I pondered whether I should not write for anyone else but for myself. I better get some positive reviews when I republished A Second Chance at Love.
She closed her eyes and saw Beth kissing a man who looked much like Eric. This image made her heart race. Who was this man? She sensed in her spirit that this man was dangerous.
Speak to her about him. I’ll give you the words.
As Julie stood on her feet, she heard footsteps outside her door. She bolted to the door and saw Beth walking to the guest room. “Oh Beth! I’m glad you are here! Can we talk?”
Beth stopped in her tracks and looked at Julie. “Sure.”
Julie pulled her in. “I want to ask you about this guy you met. What’s his name?”
“Are you sure?”
“I know you don’t like him but he never has threatened me.”
“Beth, listen to me. Stay away from him! There is a better man out there who is safer and will love you.”
“Look at me! Do I look like some woman a man would date?” Tears ran down her eyes. “Brad doesn’t see that. He says I’m beautiful just as I am.”
“He is. using. you.”
“No, he’s not!”
“Beth. I know it seems like Eric doesn’t trust you, but you’re his guest and he is looking out for you.”
She pouted. “Right. How well do you know your cowboy, Julie? Did you know he came onto me?”
Julie put her hands on her hips. “Beth, come on! I’ve had enough of your lies!”
“I’m your friend! I wouldn’t lie to you!”
Julie thought of the verse that said to speak the truth in love. “You’re right. That is why I couldn’t believe you would lie to me. I even defended you to Eric. I thought you had no reason to use him or me. What’s really going on, Beth? I heard you on the phone.”
Beth gasped. “Julie! You eavesdropped? That’s not you!”
“God allowed me to hear it. He said in His Word that what you whisper in the dark would be shouted on the rooftop. You should know that.”