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Book Written  ✓

Book Edited  ✓

Publisher ✓

Printer ✓

Book Cover ?

Book Cover ?

Book Cover !

I had checked all the boxes. The book was done! Except for one small problem: I didn’t have a book cover. Brad at Clear Visions told me in no uncertain terms that a book without a cover was just a memo.  

Memo to self: You cannot judge a book by its cover, especially when that cover is not yet created. 

If I could possess any one talent, I think it would be the skills of a great graphic artist. I know plenty of graphic artists. I have employed many.  Heck, I even raised one! But my son Michael was busy building houses. My favorite graphic artist Carmen (who I even wrote about in the book) was unavailable. So, I clip-arted (is that even a word?) my way to a mock cover. 

After conversations with my son Michael (“The dogs aren’t at all similar in style to the chapter illustrations I did.” “What are the copyright fees?” “You wouldn’t own them outright, would you?” “You won’t be able to use them on additional marketing materials, because you didn’t create them.” etc. etc. etc.),  I opted to contract with an artist on  

At first I was so overwhelmed by the sheer number of responses to my job request that I had to take a step back and just breathe. Within 24 hours, I had close to 80 offers. I’m not sure why I chose burhankhalid03 from Pakistan as my initial hire except that his portfolio looked great and he was willing to give me a mock-up in a timely manner all for a reasonable fee.  However, no matter how many times I sent him samples of what I was looking for and suggested we do zoom calls for the purpose of clarification, his deliverables were just awful. I finally fired him, disputed the charges with Fiverr and looked for more local graphic design help. 

Michael must have heard my angst (and tears) because he sent me his mockup idea of a cover. 

I liked it. I just didn’t love it. 

“You have to go with a French Bulldog , Mom!” Michael insisted. “And yellow, you need to have a yellow cover.” We talked about the world as a chew toy. 

I wanted something more edgy and something that reflected “Dog Eat Dog”. I also was really enamoured by the dog peeing on my original clip art mock cover. Michael did another illustration and it was perfect. 

In the end, I took Michael’s illustration, my idea and went back to and hired tkpalad from Hong Kong. In the end, I got exactly what I wanted and have since used tkpalad over and over.