30 book covers for Nanowrimo Authors (results and video)

I wanted to participate in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) so I offered to do some book covers for Nanowrimo authors. Here are the results.

I did them all in under one day, so they aren’t my finest work,  but some of them are plenty good enough to use. I made duplicates of a few. I did over 30 altogether but I can’t count well, I think a few may be missing here.

I also made a video but it was about 20 hours long… I sped it all up to make it 20 minutes but you can’t really see what’s happening – it’s like a book cover design strobe light.

Authors, if you like one of these, it should be big enough to use, otherwise email me and I’ll send a bigger file.



Several of the authors who submitted already had covers that were very good:


Love this cover – my covers tend to be messy and bold, but I appreciate the clean minimalism. I don’t think I could do anything better.

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This cover for Song of Locke is part of a successful Kickstarter campaign and looks like it’s been professionally done. I can’t improve on it.

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This cover for “Going Crazy” is really busy, but somehow all the elements balance out OK. I like it, and I could make something simpler but I don’t think that would give it the bold edginess it has now.


About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.