Kura Carpenter - Gallery of Book Cover Design and Testimonials

"I began working with Kura at the beginning of 2018 to rebrand and update the covers on my books. I found her helpful, responsive, flexible and full of ideas.

She was also willing to collaborate with my editor to achieve the best results for my historical fiction novels. She helped me again this year with the release of my latest novel and I will continue to use her in the future."
"Working with Kura is a fantastic experience. She's extremely organised throughout the process from helping you hone your cover ideas initially to the final design  production.

She's also excellent at giving you advice and direction on how to get the best images and which images work or don't work according to your genre and cover ideas.

She has a very good eye for images, is very knowledgeable and quick with her responses at all stages and I was really happy with the quality of both ebook cover and print cover. She is also very sympathetic to the author's side of things - perhaps because she's an author herself. I hope to work with her again in the foreseeable future."

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"Kura Carpenter has an uncanny ability to read an author's mind, and design a cover which best depicts the story and bring out ideas behind the story.

I enjoyed working with Kura enormously, every conversation produced a good result, and the finished product is superb.

Eyecatching, riveting, and evocative! Thanks Kura. Let's get on with the next one, please."

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"I engaged Kura's services to design the cover of a guidebook to the customs, ceremonies and traditions of the City of London in 2014. Kura quickly identified the image that the guidebook's cover should convey - a fresh and contemporary look & feel merged with the highest tradition of the ancient City. Kura helped me identify / filter design themes that appealed to me, and those that did not. I was particularly impressed that Kura was able to capture the essence of the City, and translate that in to a design that appealed to me without having previously visited the City of London or experienced its manifold ancient institutions.

Kura helped me focus on the important elements of the cover design, and subsequently produced a series of posters and supporting imagery for promotion of the publication in digital and print form.

Having browsed Kura's portfolio of work, I'm particularly impressed that the design Kura produced was something unlike much of her other commissions - showing Kura's ability to capture and convey the essence of the publication's content no matter the subject. "
Christchurch Writers’ Guild anthology: Spectra. Cover designer Kura Carpenter
"Kura designed the cover for the Christchurch Writers’ Guild anthology: Spectra. She was given loose rein with the main criteria that it be colourful.

Her final design was a beautiful multi-coloured falcon, that not only captured the New Zealand feel but was representative on one of the stories. The guild were very pleased with the end result.

She was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her services."
Tropic of Skorpeo by Michael Morrissey, book cover designers, Kura Carpenter
"Working with Kura was brilliant – I had a complicated novel that had completely stymied me when it came to designing a cover myself, but after bouncing a few emails back and forth with Kura it was clear that she really got it.

A couple of days later and she had sent me a set of awesome concepts, all of which were a different take on the novel, and all of which would have been perfect.

The final version is going to kick arse, and the author is over the moon about it (when I showed him the concepts, his response was "TERRIFIC!!!!!!"). The books stores aren't going to know what hit them..."

[Recommendation in reference to "Tropic of Skorpeo", by Michael Morrissey.]
“Kura is clearly and outstanding designer, but what really sets her apart is her patience and her dedication to creating the ideal final product.

We went through countless revisions and she readily incorporated all of my feedback and offered her own brilliant ideas. I can't say enough about how great is was to work with her.”
Wade Crawford, (USA)
Author of Deviants and the Divine
“I can highly recommend Kura Carpenter as a cover designer.

Kura produced a cover for my publishing house recently that was a magnificent balance of simplicity and evocative imagery. Elegant and yet capturing the essence of what the book was about.

I couldn't have asked for better. She would be an asset to any book project.”
“Kura made the creation of the cover for my novel ‘A Dark Future’ an easy and painless process, allowing me to concentrate on the production of the book itself.

As the second book in a series, there were some constraints to the cover design, and Kura accepted these without concern as she did with any suggested changes.

She regularly gave updates and advice for improvements to the design, making the end product better than I could have hoped.

With her technical skill, her eye for design, understanding of the requirements of a book cover, and her attention to detail, I would not hesitate to use her again, neither could I recommend her highly enough to others.”
“Kura is a very talented cover designer and I was delighted with both her design and her responsiveness in fine-tuning it.

Highly recommended!”
“Kura is a talented designer: she perfectly understood my concept and since the beginning she demonstrated great creativity.

Kura also dealt with me in a very professional manner and with remarkable communication skills. I certainly would work with her again.”
Giuseppe Tortorici, (Ireland)
Author of Isemen
"Working with Kura is an absolute pleasure! She is multi-talented, scholarly, personable and possesses a lovely sense of humor. She is also astute and conscientious about her work and professional relationships with clients.

The first time I worked with Kura, she assisted me with a redesign of my book cover for a stage play celebrating the life and writing of Dorothy L. Sayers. Her approach to the project and the suggestions she made not only demonstrated a sensitivity to my vision but also mastery of her craft.

I have just completed my second project with Kura which was to create a front and back book cover for an animation film script. Again, I was delighted at her versatility and the ease with which she was able to accommodate my vision and make wonderful contributions to the work. I look forward to working with Kura again and I give her my very highest recommendation."
Victoria Nelson, (USA)
Novelist and Playwright
I am writing to say how delighted I am with the cover Kura designed for my book ‘Weekend in Weighton’.

Not only am I very happy with the finished cover I also thoroughly enjoyed working with you during the creative process. I learned a lot going through your ‘patented’, step-by-step design journey.

I must also commend your patience, fast turnaround [especially given the difference in our time zones!], amazing creative input, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile.
I am extremely happy to recommend you and I look forward to working with you again."
"I have had a fabulous response from the designer of the cover for A Baltic Affair. The designer, Kura Carpenter, has captured the spirit of the book beautifully in her artwork. I have no hesitation in commending her to other authors and to publishers.

Kura is brilliant at capturing the author's ideas and turning them into something stunningly visual. The PDF she has sent me contains eight variations on the concept she has created around a map, a sunset over the sea and a ship under full sail.

The colours are breathtaking. the impact is 'pick me up' which is exactly what you need on a cover.

This one definitely demands closer examination, and once someone picks a book up off a shelf, you are halfway to a sale. At least that is what a number of marketing experts tell me. I'll believe them, because I know my own reaction when a cover attracts my attention, if I like the blurb I read and I like the genre and possible storyline - I'll take it to the cashier and buy."
“Kura did a great job of designing the book cover for A Necklace of Souls, even giving me coffee to keep me sane and being patient with my indecision.

Kura understands what designs will sell; in less than 30 days, e-sales have been steadily positive.”
RL Stedman, (NZ)
YA Fantasy Novelist
“I enjoyed working with Kura. She is a talented designer; she nailed the concept perfectly, and she has great communication skills.

I give her five stars!”
James E Thomas, (USA)
Author of Reed Butler's Story

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