Past Meetup

Cover Design for Self-Publishers

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Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park Branch

1150 W. Fullerton Avenue · Chicago, IL

How to find us

We'll be in the library's auditorium room. Turn right at the circulation desk, walk to the end of the hall, and turn left.

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You've got 8 seconds to convince someone to buy your book, if he/she sees it online or has pulled it from the shelf! The cover is THE most crucial design consideration you'll make as a self-publisher; because the cover is THE most influential. We'll look at covers from a designers' perspective and the key elements that will help you make that vital connection with your target audience. Join us for a visually-robust discussion about what works & what doesn't work and how to avoid the stigma of the look of a 'self-published' book.

After the meeting, feel free to join us at The Monkey's Paw (, 2524 N Southport, for self-pay food and drinks.

Joann Sondy, a graphic designer with a background in corporate communications creating publications and presentations. Her one-woman shop, Creative Aces, assists clients with marketing collateral pieces in print and digital formats. She also publishes an ongoing series of ebook,s as part of her content marketing strategy, the latest, "Create Your Own Great Photo Books." Along with her husband, Dominic a photographer & writer, they have self-published five (six?) visually rich books. Joann is a member of AIGA (a professional organization for designers) and Chicago Women in Publishing, an advanced-level Toastmaster and docent for Chicago Architecture Foundation. Visit or connect with her via social media.