An Interview with Judy Bullard, Book Cover Designer!
I am interviewing today a very talented Book Cover Designer, Judy Rumsey Bullard, firstname.lastname@example.org. She has designed all of my book covers and I love each and everyone of them. Don’t miss 6 of her great designs at the end of this interview! It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Judy Rumsey Bullard, a book cover designer extraordinaire!
Judy, please tell us where you are from originally and a little about yourself.
I was born in Oregon but only lived there for my first two years. My parents then moved to California where I’ve lived for most of my life. My husband and I were married while he was in the Navy on the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise. I was a stay at home Mom while raising our two sons who are now married. For most of our lives we’ve lived in California with the exception of 5 years in Oregon. After leaving Oregon we moved to San Clemente, CA where we currently reside.
What peaked your interest in making book covers for novels?
While I was designing websites one of my clients, Linda Pendleton, an author and artist thought it would be fun for us to create custom bookmarks. While making bookmarks, Linda asked if I would redesign a few of her book covers. I enjoyed it so much I decided to give up the custom bookmark business and concentrate on covers.
Judy, when did you start creating book covers?
I think it’s been about 15 years.
How many book covers, in the span of your professional life, have you created?
I can’t even guess, there’s been so many.
What did you have to learn to be able to create beautiful book covers?
When I started designing websites I took an online class from one of our local community colleges to learn graphic design. At that time I was using Paint Shop Pro, which is similar to Photoshop. I had a hard time getting into Photoshop but forced myself with a little help from You Tube tutorials. I now use Photoshop exclusively.
Where do you get your ideas from when designing a book cover?
I always ask the author what they have in mind and if they have a certain vision. I find most people do have something in mind and that helps me tremendously. If they don’t, I just ask for a brief synopsis of their story, which gives me ideas.
When did you consider yourself to be a professional book cover designer?
That’s hard to say, there’s always something new for me to learn but to have the confidence to say I am a professional, maybe 10 years ago.
What inspires you when you are doing a new book cover?
The author… I have been so fortunate to meet a large number of talented people who now have the opportunity with self-publishing to see their vision in print. How exciting is that, to be able to go to Amazon, Smashwords or other self publishing companies and share your work with the world.
What genre is your favorite when it comes to designing a book covers?
I don’t really have a favorite, I enjoy each one because they are all so different. I really do enjoy the lightheartedness of children’s books and on the other hand, thrillers are quite challenging.
Do you focus on a particular style when you are creating a book cover?
No, each cover has its own particular style.
When an author contacts you to do a book cover or even a book series, what kind of questions do you ask them about their book or series?
The main question I ask is what do they have in mind. Most of the time I can get pretty close to what they want. I use stock photos which I manipulate to best suit the story. Sometimes I can’t make it work and have to go into a different direction but in the end, the author is pleased with what I come up with.
Do you have any advice for wannabe book cover designers?
I think the best advice is to listen to the author. Communication is very important, don’t leave them wondering what’s going on.
Do you have a particular time schedule for designing or just when you are inspired?
There’s no particular time schedule, sometimes I have to sleep on an idea but by morning a light bulb goes off in my head and an idea comes to me. Once I start a project I am usually finished within a few days.
Is there anything you would especially like your authors to know about book cover designing?
Have an open mind because sometimes it won’t be exactly what you had in mind.
Judy, Thank you so much for being here today, and we would love to see some of your favorite Book Cover Designs, displayed here on WordPress. And, please let our authors know where to fine you by listing all of you social media here.
You can find more of Judy Rumsey Bullard’s beautiful Book Covers on Facebook and her website and contact her at her email address: email@example.com.