Chris Blocker

Chris Blocker - Designer

Topeka, KS, United States

I'm a writer and designer. As a fellow author, I understand the creative impression you want to make with your cover. I'm here to help.

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As an active writer, a librarian, and a designer, I've seen a fair share of book covers--good and bad. I understand that a writer wants something that encapsulates the work they've spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours carefully shaping. I've seen far too many books hit the shelves with covers that simply do not sell.

I first got into design when I was a young hip-hop artist in the 90s. I needed a website and a logo. I needed an identity. Quickly, I learned what I needed to know, but that knowledge sparked a new passion in me. Since then, I've been designing and redesigning. For years, I ran my own freelance business and built up a list of over thirty active clients. I went to college, hoping to attain a degree in design, but quickly I learned that my real passion was in writing. I changed my degree to English with a writing emphasis and minored in Art Design.

Eventually, I earned an MFA in Writing, wrote a novel, and let my design clients dwindle. But I continued designing, for myself, for family, for friends, and just for the fun of it. As I shop my own novel out now, I notice a great need for self-published authors desperate for good cover design. I hope I can help.

I want to make the cover you want for your book. I also want to create something that will best sell your book. Your book deserves the best. It may take a little work back and forth, but eventually, we'll get there.

Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Web/Graphic Designer

March, 2003 – June, 2011 (over 8 years)

Performed various design tasks for many clients including designs for flyers, logos, business cards, and other promotional materials for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Focus was primarily, but certainly not limited to, website design and development. Though I left the business to pursue an MFA in Writing and to become a novelist, I have continued designing, though I no longer have interest in web design.

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