I’m a storyteller, and thanks to recent changes in the book market, I get to share my stories with the world and make a living doing it, all with tools I can easily manage by myself. There has never been a better time to be a writer.
But there’s one place I’m still utterly dependent on the support of others: cover art. Much of my success begins with the works of visual art that first drive readers to pick up a book.
So I’d like to give credit to those who have contributed.
If you like the art below, please visit the artists’ sites or use the contact link provided to let the artists know. Some are even available to work by commission.
And if you’re an artist who would like to get added to this list, read my plea for cover art submissions.
For convenience, I divide my cover artists into the illustrators who provide the artwork that serves as the cover’s foundation (whether that’s a drawing, painting, or a photograph), and the designers who provide the trade dress (title, logos, back-cover copy, and any graphic effects needed to transform an illustration into a book cover).
Keith Birdsong is famous for his work on numerous Star Trek novels, but I encountered him through a connection with the prolific writer Mel Odom (who was one of my professors at the University of Oklahoma).
Courtney Cantrell is a fellow writer, but she also has the graphic skills I’ve never had. She has always been a fan of fantasy art, and she graciously agreed to provide the oil paintings that have been seen by tens of thousands of people on the covers of the Dragonprince Trilogy.
Julie V. Photography
Julie and Carlos Velez are the photographers who put a face on my cunning, kind-hearted Ghost Targets Special Agent Katie Pratt. Julie has an incredible eye for rich colors and a knack for capturing vibrant personality in a still image.
Robert Wilson, IV
These are the graphic designers who’ve done all the trade dress on the covers above. They deserve more detailed descriptions of their own, but there’s only so much time in the world.
- Keith Birdsong
- Elyssa Dolinger
- Gods Tomorrow
- Krysten Marshall
- “From Embers”
- Ghost Targets: Camouflage
- Amy Nickerson
- The Dragonswarm
- Ghost Targets: Expectation
- Ghost Targets: Restraint
- Taming Fire
- Robert Wilson, IV
- “Auric and the Wolf”
- “Notes from a Thief”
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Please note that these works are not covered by the public domain (No Rights Reserved) dedication attached to some of my Consortium Books. All cover art is used by permission, and is copyright its named creator.