Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Cover Designs

I worked as a journalist and graphic designer at a major Texas newspaper when I got The Call, which started a nationwide book tour beginning at Book Expo in Washington DC.

Since then, I have designed bookmarks, postcards, magazine ads and other promotional material for authors, as well as designing my own e-book covers.


The price of cover design depends on three things: the number of images, time spent searching for images, and amount of PhotoShop work required.

Tier One

Each of these covers took multiple images and required several hours of PhotoShop work to meld the images together. If the client provides the images, or helps me find them. The cover for Aine was a collaboration for CreateSpace. The price ranges between $200 to $350.If I search for images on my own, $300 to $500.

Tier Two

Each of these covers took only one or two images provided by the client and two of them were collaborations. They required very little PhotoShop work. What makes them work? Layout and fonts. That’s why a great cover needs more than just a great image. It needs a good graphic designer to put it together. Prices for these covers range from $100 to $175.

Check back for bookmarks, ads, postcards and newsletter headers . . .

For more information, contact me at!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tornado, then snow . . .

Just to add insult to injury, an arctic front roared in after the tornado, then blanketed us in snow . . .

Monday, December 27, 2010

Guide to Childish Warfare for Robust Young Boys and Toublesome Ladychildren

As we hit the height of snowball-fight season, it seems fitting to remember the roots of the sport. Here are the official rules of Iced-Orb Combat from the 1832 Guide to Childish Warfare for Robust Young Boys and Toublesome Ladychildren:

  • The Captains Courageous of the opposing child army shall meet on the field of glory prior to the start of hostilities. Any prisoners taken during the previous month’s skirmish are to be released from their Snow Dungeons and allowed to rejoin their apple-cheeked compatriots.
  • Any child stricken with asthma is to be rooted out by a set of 10 wind-sprints and sent home to practice his scrimshaw.
  • Should the town’s richest gentleman be present, it is his honor to signal the Beginning of Atrocities by hitting a horse with his cane. If there is no horse, any adult over the age of 14 will do.
  • Inflicting a displaced eyeball upon one’s enemy is grounds for a team’s instant victory and legal precedent for the attacker to receive a Child’s Knighthood at the next Town Ceremony.
  • Should there be no clear victor before the lamps are lit, it is upon each side to tally the nosebleeds among their ranks as the other side’s score. In the case of a tie, whichsoever team has the most stepchildren is the losing party.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In honor of my Mother and Father, who both served proudly . . .

For Chief Master Sergeant Betty W. Frazier, USAF, and Col. Stephan T. Frazier, USAF. I love you and am always proud to be your daughter . . .

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The simple truth about cats. . .

exactly right

by Charles Bukowski

the strays keep arriving: now we have 5
cats and they are smart, spontaneous, self-
absorbed, naturally poised and awesomely

one of the finest things about cats is
that when you're feeling down, very down,
if you just look at the cat at rest,
at the way they sit or lie and wait,
it's a grand lesson in preserving
if you watch 5 cats at once that's 5
times better.

no matter the extra demands they make
no matter the heavy sacks of food
no matter the dozens of cans of tuna
from the supermarket: it's all just fuel for their
amazing dignity and their
affirmation of a vital
we humans can
only envy and
admire from

"exactly right" by Charles Bukowski, from The Night Torn with Mad Footsteps: New Poems. © Black Sparrow Press, 2001. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

Barnes & Noble Round Rock Signing

Barnes & Noble Round Rock Signing
My friend Pantera with Tahoe & Me

Tahoe and a new friend at the signing