What: A designer and writer, he has worked on hundreds, perhaps thousands, of book covers since 1997. He ran Point Blank Press from 2004 to 2011 and published the first novels of Allan Guthrie, Dave Zeltserman, Duane Swierczynski and Donna Moore among many others. He was a music writer for AllMusic Guide and currently reviews European comics for Bookgasm.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
Let’s start with the question that every writer wants to know—do you read the books before you design the covers?
No. I don’t have the time. I design anywhere from 2 to 10 covers a week. I sometimes read the book after I’ve done the cover. My turnaround for first draft — which might mean a finished cover — usually ranges from half an hour to a couple of days. I do much of my freelance work on lunch break at my day job.
Have you ever turned down a design job because you didn’t like the book?
No. On occasion I’ve turned covers down because of the writer or the publisher.