Book Covers – Would You Buy This Book?

by Judith. We all know that readers judge a book by its cover; or, at the very least, their first reaction to a book is an offshoot of their first impression of the cover, despite the adage that tells us all NOT to judge this way. So, we make sure our covers are done well, professionally, and with strong...

See Us At The Portland Book Fest

Are you in or near Portland? Love books? Drop by the 6th Annual NW Book Festival on Saturday, July 26, from 11 to 5 pm. Lucky Bat Books will be there, along with two of our fiction writers, J.S. Anderson, author of Book of Hours: The Beguilement of Brother Alphaios, and Richard Sessions, author of...

Recent Covers by Lucky Bat Books Artists

by Judith. We don’t usually have the chance to simply share the brilliance of Lucky Bat Books artists, so I said, why not? I am constantly amazed and in awe of the concepts our artists conjure up and the final book covers they create – both on target for the market and beautiful to the eye. Here...

Ben Baldwin

Ben Baldwin, book cover artist,  has been short-listed for the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist for the last three years and was also shortlisted last year for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Artist. He is a self-taught freelance artist from the UK who works with a combination...

Kim Headlee

Author of Arthurian and Historical Romances Kim Headlee  has been researching the Arthurian Legends for more than four decades. “I hope to make this the thrust of my novel-length fiction for as long as I can get away with it!” she says.  Lucky Bat Books is proud to be her publisher for the...

Birth of a Beautiful Book Cover

Listen in as book cover artist and fiction writer develop a fantasy cover. By Judith Harlan. We work with several terrific artists and lots of talented writers, and one of the most fascinating aspects of publishing for me is the design and creation of the book cover. Arguably, a cover is huge – in...

Brandon Swann

Brandon has been painting or drawing most of his life in one way or another and started with digital when Paint showed up as part of Windows, then moved into traditional media classes. When he got his first Wacom tablet he started moving into computer and graphic design. He has had training in design for ads...

Fiction Book Design: Focus on Print

by Judith Harlan. We have lots of discussions here at Lucky Bat Books over the difference between the ebook and paperbook reading experience. We’re all pretty sure we know what paperbook reading should feel like; we’ve been reading paper books all our lives. (Maybe the last generation to do so?...

Joe J. Calkins

Joe J. Calkins is a self-taught illustrator and graphic designer residing near Portland, Oregon. While most of his finished works are digital these days, they all include some hand-drawn or painted elements in the process. When not illustrating, Joe dabbles in all forms of traditional art media and spends...

How to Design a Compelling Book Cover

Lucky Bat Books cover design artist Theresa Rose shares some of her insights on designing covers for ebooks and print. We simply asked what makes a good book cover design and then transcribed Theresa’s words: Good Design? Multiple Components Enter the Picture: Typography and the use of a font that...

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