Michelle Fairbanks – Cover Designer

What is your specialism within book publishing? 

For the past 5 years, I have worked with both authors and publishers to bring stories to life with amazing covers.


Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?

Design beautiful + unique book covers that entice readers!


What led you to go freelance? 

My family ... working freelance gives me flexibility around family life and my young children. It also gives me the freedom to choose which projects and clients I feel are the right fit.


Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix? 

Both independent authors and publishers.


What’s the best part of doing what you do?

Hearing authors say that it's been easy and fun process bringing the cover to life ... and my clients being so happy to see the book finally “real” when the cover design is completed.


What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey? 

It's okay to pass on a project if you feel your skills do not match or you are not connecting with the author or story.


How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually? 

Too many to count, I just take it one at a time. :)


Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I still love my physical books but do read library ebooks for convenience!


Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing? 

Join publishing groups online for support, and ask questions to learn the trade. Having a strong background in graphic design is essential before doing book covers – you need to have a full understanding on the printing process and preparation for Amazon KDP/Ingram file submission.


What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book? 

Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a favourite here, and Memoirs of a Geisha is still a fav.



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