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How to Filter the Good from the Bad in Cover Design

March 29, 2018
7 p.m. CDT

This presentation is designed to delve into the nitty-gritty of what goes into cover design and how you can make it work for you. Get industry knowledge in understanding what elements will work for sales and what requests won't. I'll cover everything from teaching you what makes a cover the perfect marketing tool as well as how to choose a cover designer to fit your project's requirements. Join us at 7pm on March 29th as we explore the world of book covers and give you the Dos and Don'ts of working with a graphic designer!

Marya Heidel has ten years of experience in customer relations and creative design. In 2011, Marya entered the publishing world when a friend asked for her help in designing their book cover. Soon, she found that she had a knack for image manipulation and an eye for bringing multiple elements together to create a visually stunning cover. Marya decided to do what she loved and began freelancing as a cover designer, and later went on to open Clean Teen Publishing. She's now designed books covers for New York Times bestselling authors like Raine Miller and Tina Reber, USA Today bestselling author Quinn Loftis, and countless other best selling authors both published and independent. She has a focus on visual communication and uses Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator. She understands that typefaces, hierarchy, color, images, and placement are essential elements to creating a stunning and marketable visual design. She also does marketing graphics, print materials, and logo design. Marya was recently honored with her second RONE Award for one of her covers and has received numerous other accolades for her gorgeous designs. Marya believes that people do judge a book by its cover and she’s determined to make the publishing world a more beautiful place, one cover at a time.

Outside of the business world, Marya Heidel is the mother of two amazing little boys. She loves running, obstacle course racing, weight lifting, zumba, and just about anything creative or active. She considers herself extremely lucky to be doing what she loves in both her business and simply living life to the fullest!

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