I like to surprise my clients in Thriving Authors Academy with bonus sessions where I bring in experts to talk about various topics. Last month, two amazing cover designers, Rebecca Barney & Lenore Stutznegger, spoke to the group about…

  • the cover design process
  • what makes a good cover
  • what authors can do to help get a cover we love for our book
  • and more!

I’m excited to share an excerpt of this expert panel on cover design with YOU as this week’s podcast episode. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it is like to be part of Thriving Authors Academy!

(And if you’re interested in joining us for the next round, I would love to have you! We begin October 8. Apply & find more info at www.ThrivingAuthorsAcademy.com)

About our guest experts:

Lenore Stutznegger is the author of the award-winning debut novel Blue Shadows Fall and a cover designer for published books in a variety of genres. She learned from a young age to hone her talents in art and trust in her voice. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Fine Art, married the love of her life, and lived in North Carolina for many years and considers the South to be her happy place. She now resides in Northern California with her four spirited children, a pug, two cats, and backyard chickens in a new kind of crazy paradise.

Rebecca Barney is the founder of Barney Design, a graphic arts design studio with experience in print and digital branding, illustration and website design. Her love for art began in high school after a trip to Italy, and she continued to study art history through college, where she graduated with a BA in Art History. She moved back to San Diego and started working at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, where a co-worker and good friend encouraged her to take her studies toward graphic design, and the rest is history! (She designed the gorgeous cover for my novel Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life!)