In this episode, Kathi welcomes agent and editor Kathleen Kerr and her sister Meg Schmidt, art director at Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Together, they share ideas to help create the best book cover.
In Part 1, Kathi, Kathleen, and Meg share their best tips and advice on how to create your book cover with a publisher. Here are some of their answers:
- Give them keywords and let them do their job.
- Think about a visual thesis and then have a conversation.
- The author’s personal preference isn’t always the audience’s preference.
Want to hear more lifechanging episodes from Kathi, Kathleen Kerr, and Meg Schmidt?
Come back next week to listen to Part 2 as Kathi, Kathleen, and Meg continue their conversation about creating your best book cover.
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Meet Your Hosts
Author, Speaker, Writing at the Red House Creator and CEO
Meg Schmidt is an Art Director at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and has worked extensively in the Christian publishing world. In her free time she enjoys good food, witty cheers, and long walks in the great outdoors with her dog, Jo.
Editor and Agent
Before joining Alive, Kathleen served as an acquisitions editor at Zondervan and Harvest House Publishers. She worked with bestselling, debut, and award-winning authors, helping to refine their messages, build their careers, and partner in their ministries. She also worked as a bookseller at an independent bookstore, where she learned that there are few greater joys than introducing kids to the books that will shape their own stories.
Kathleen graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in French and English. She now lives with her husband, Noah, and their two daughters in Oregon’s Willamette valley. She can usually be found reading, camping, and creating chaos in the kitchen.
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