The First Craptastic Cover!


So, recently I have been wondering if there is a way to combine my love of graphic design with my love for the writing community. I came up with the idea of the Craptastic Cover Contest. There details are here but the basic idea is once a month or so, I’ll design a mock-up cover for one writer’s work-in-progress manuscript.

Enter the first drawing using the Rafflecopter here.

See the full contest description here.

I asked my BFF, Riki Cleveland, if she would be my first victim…I mean winner, so I can demonstrate how the process will work. First, I asked Riki about her current manuscript. Her WIP is a steamy category romance with the working title BORDERLINE. In it, a smokin’ hot Border Patrol agent falls for a tourist whose family threatens to expose his mother’s immigration status.

You can see the Craptastic Cover I came up with above. Thankfully, she liked it and the art is now hers to use as a NanoWriMo icon or on social media or however she would like. I used two photos I licensed from Depositphotos and a typeface from the library I own, making the design all good on the copyright front.

Don’t forget to answer using the Rafflecopter here.

  • Jolene Haley

    Oh I am so getting in on this.

    But side note, this is GORGEOUS. And the story sounds AMAZING

    You are so talented, both you and Riki that it’s sickening and wonderful.

    Hugs to you both!

    • kellydevos

      Thanks so much for commenting Jolene!! <3 <3

  • London Skye

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, it’s a really generous thing to offer 🙂 The book cover you’ve done looks ace!
    As to your leave-a-comment-on-the-blog question, I can’t think of just one single fav book cover, hope that’s okay! I adore any book cover that is drawn under water, and so I love nearly all 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea covers. Love the Series of Unfortunate Events series – they always look quirky & colourful! The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an ace cover – using the simple stripes of those horrific pyjamas they wore 🙁 Twilight book covers are all also simply striking. Too many fab covers everywhere 😀 Thank you, Kelly – and good luck to all entering the comp! 🙂

    • kellydevos

      I SO agree with all of this. I love the cover for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas! Good luck and thanks so much for entering 🙂

  • Lisa

    I totally love this idea, and the cover for Riki’s book is flippin’ awesome! I want to see what you would envision for “Wild Man,” I admit it. 🙂

    • kellydevos

      <3 <3 Lisa!! Thanks for entering

  • Taylor

    I’m a frequent lurker in that Neuros group and saw your post. 🙂 I myself picked up cover design to procrastinate on my NaNo novel a couple years ago, and it so so fun. When I found another cover-making writer, I just had to stop by.

    Anyway, I really like the design of this as a whole, but that gorgeous curly typography was hard for me to read. I had to go to your post to figure out what it said. :S I kept reading it as BORCLER LINE which I knew was dead wrong.

    It’s a teeny tiny quibble though. The fonts you chose are otherwise fantastic. They share enough elements that they both contrast and complement one another. Really neat cover, and awesome giveaway idea! 😀

    • kellydevos

      Hey Taylor!! So awesome so see you on here. Also great to get a different set of eyes on the design because I didn’t initially see the issue you mentioned. Hope to keep in touch because us cover designing writers should stick together. 🙂