Saturday 4 May 2024

Win a free book cover design

Today I have a guest post and exclusive competition from Hannah Zhang!

Hi, I'm Hannah, a freelance illustrator and designer based in New Zealand, and I am collaborating with Womagwriter to to host a competition where you can win a free illustrated book cover! To give you an idea of the kind of thing I do, I've created a couple of mock covers for well known books. If you'd like to see examples of my other illustration work here is my website.

To enter, simply make a comment on this blog post with the title of your book, its genre and (optionally) a short 1-2 sentence description of your book. This book doesn't have to be finished, or even real. You could make up a title just for fun, it could be a book that you are thinking about writing, or even an existing book that you would like to have re-designed. If it's for a real book you're going to publish, and wish to use my design, I'll provide the cover files for you to upload

Maximum two entries per person. Entries close in two weeks (on 18th May). Good luck! 

From Patsy – Hannah will select a winner from all entries received by the closing date. I'll announce the winner on here and invite them to contact Hannah directly. (If you're not sure how to leave a comment, see here.)

Womag news

Details of the Best competition (as far as I can see and recall, the rules haven't changed.)

My news

I was on the radio Thursday. If you missed it but would like to hear me waffling on about my writing, you can do that here.


Lindsay said...

Oh the book cover competition sounds fabulous.

My title is The Depths of Memory (and other stories.) It's a book of short stories with a loose theme of family, with its target audience being women from 35 upwards.

Marguerite said...

I have two books I have (not) written during Nanowrimo. 'Rose Arbour House', a Gothic horror. Young Jessica is given a haunted doll at the turn of the twentieth century. Odd phenomena start occurring that cannot be explained. Her family have more than their fair share of bad luck. The doll just might hold the secret.The other book is 'Oakengrove Island'. Another Gothic horror. Abigail travels to a sparsely populated island for a scoping exercise for a film. The manor houses secrets steeped in the witchcraft trials. Will she ever be allowed to leave alive?
If nothing else, I have had fun thinking about these - what a great competition! Thank you, Patsy and Hannah.

Sharon boothroyd said...

I'd like to self publish a little book of light- hearted, rhyming poetry.
I'd hope for brief illustrations from my artist hubby. It'd also be available as a PDF booklet. I haven't got a title for it yet.
The other project I'd like to do (if I could find someone to help me with the self publishing side) is a little book of twist in tale stories.
Again, no title as yet and I'd hope for brief illustrations from my hubby.
These are just dream projects for me as I don't have the IT skills to self publish.
I'd probably donate any profit from sales to a local charity.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is an awesome offer! I don't have a book in need of a cover, but someone here will.

ados123 said...

Thanks Patsy and Hannah. I don't have any books to publish but it's a great offer for someone.
Hope the radio publicity does you well, Patsy.

Patsy said...

A little while ago I did a few online 'master classes' recorded by very successful authors. One of them (sorry, I forget which) suggested making a pretend book, by covering another one with paper and adding your title and author name on, as visualising it as a finished thing might encourage you to achieve that. I'm sure having a cover designed would work at least as well.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed your radio interview Patsy, good luck with your books.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Best Competition details, Patsy. And congratulations on your ‘Morning Call’ interview.

An interesting blog from Hannah with such lovely illustrations, and how exciting to have a Womagwriter competition! Thank you.

The title of my WIP romance novel is ‘Whatever Happened With Daniel?
Hetty still hasn’t got over her unexpected break-up with Daniel. After she falls (literally) at the feet of a handsome stranger, events unfold, leading her to discover the truth about Daniel, but will she find true love?


Elizabeth McGinty said...

Hi Patsy,

Been away for a short while so just catching up. Really enjoyed your radio interview, and your description of how you find/write your locations and characters.

Thanks for the competition info as always and especially thank you for the one from Hannah Zhang. Hannah your illustrations are fantastically dreamy, I love them.

I would love a new cover for my romance book, which I am about to self publish. The Italian Connection, set mainly in an Italian olive grove but travelling through other areas of the country as our heroine writes her travel articles for a magazine.
Good luck to everyone entering!

In other news I was delighted to have a short story published in TPF this week.

Happy travelling Patsy and thanks again.

Marian said...

I've been so busy over the last couple of weeks that I'm only just catching up, but I just listened to your interview, Patsy, and really enjoyed it.

Sarah C said...

Hi Patsy and Hannah, what an amazing competition, thank you so much.

My WIP is a historical YA novel about a girl and her brother travelling overseas to New York on a steamship in the late 1800s. The trip turns eventful when a body is found on the ship and their best friend disappears. Can they solve the mystery and rescue their friend before the ship docks?

Thank you for this opportunity x

Paul Warnes said...


I have two book titles to offer.

1. The Society of Unexampled Brilliance
2. Jonjon and Babybird

The former is a mystery with a dysfunctional family at its heart. An attack, a disappearance and a blinding white light.
The latter is a hostage drama. Cuckoos in the nest and terrorists in the garage.

Sarah C said...

I forgot to say, the title of my novel is Drina's Journey. Oops!

Thank you again.

Sarah C

Sheelagh said...

'Heart of the Village' is a humorous tale of the intrigues of life set around a small village in the rural heartlands of Ireland where home-bodies, busy-bodies, pseudo-intellectuals, blow-ins and other so called characters who jog along together though not always amicably.
Thanks Hannah & Patsy for the opportunity to pitch for a cover design, it really helps focus the mind.