The Woman Behind The Covers: Interview/Giveaway With Cover Designer Valerie Tibbs

Posted January 27, 2013 by girlswit in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a cover designer? We have, and that is why we interviewed Valerie Tibbs. Valerie has created some of the most beautiful, seductive book covers we have ever seen. Make sure you check out her portfolio over on her Website
One of Valerie’s favorite covers that she created. 

BIO:  I am Valerie
Tibbs, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology at a local bank by day,
graphic designer by night or vocation…
Well, the day job pays the bills. 
But graphic design is my calling.

I began my career in graphic design in 1993 working in
desktop publishing for the Illinois AFL-CIO. Creating newsletters, brochures,
announcements, and various other types of projects gave me a chance to hone my
skills. Several jobs later, several software programs later, and a lot of
training, shaped my style.
In 2008 I took the leap and submitted sample covers to
several e-publishering houses. After many rejections, a small epublishing
company gave me a shot. I’ve been full steam ahead in the cover art world ever
since. With over 300 covers to my name, I’m grateful for that one chance that
opened the doors.
I’m currently working as a Freelance cover artist for
Samhain Publishing, Loose-ID, Lyrical Press, Liquid Silver Books, Musa
Publishing, Pink Petal, Etopia Press, Decadent Publishing as well as
consignment jobs.

Learn more about Valerie on her Website and Facebook.


What is your favorite dessert?  
– French Silk Pie

What are you currently reading?  
– I am currently reading Mari Carr and Lila Dubois’ Elemental Pleasure.

If someone wanted to have a career of designing book covers what would you recommend they do to break into that field? 

– Take art classes, have experience with Photoshop, and be ready for rejection.  Also, check out the trends at each publisher – what book covers are popular, what design elements have the similar theme, etc…  That will help gauge what publishers are really looking for.

How did you get into designing book covers? 
– I was always interested in art, and having a job that required desktop publishing skills (I’m dating myself here), gave me the foundation.  I started reading ebooks in 2007 and thought I could design covers better than what was being put out at the time, so I submitted mockups and after dozens of rejections from many epublishers, I finally had one that gave me a shot.

How many covers have you designed? Which design is your favorite? 

-Honestly, I’ve lost count, but it’s over 300 now.  And my favorite cover right now is the one I designed for Mari Carr and Lila Dubois, Elemental Pleasure.

How do you develop the concept for the cover? Author idea? Or yours? Combination of both?
– Most of the time, the authors will give me an idea of what they’d like.  Some provide images or links to images and that can spur creativity.  But it is a combination of both for the most part. 

Do you read the book that your designing a cover for?  

-Not usually.  If I’m designing a cover for an author I know personally, they’ll usually give me an advance copy. 

Do you work with cover models? 

– No, but I wish I could!  LOL

If you could design for any author who would it be? 
-Besides the ladies from International Heat, I’d love to get the opportunity to work with Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to the readers?

– Keep reading!  Keep buying books and support your local cover artist!  🙂

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