Under the Willow Novel – Design and Self-Publishing

This project was a start-to-finish journey from manuscript to self-published product! The author handed over her manuscript and I read several chapters into the story to get a feel for the atmosphere and style of the novel. Under the Willow is set in the early 1900’s and is a Christian romance novel, so it was important that the cover imagery match these two facets.

I created three sample covers, and the author chose this photographic style. From there, I developed an interior style based on the cover. I drew a willow tree graphic that is featured on each chapter title page, paired with the same font from the cover.

After designing all 61 chapters (whew!), I prepped the files for the hardcover, paperback, and ebook, which were then uploaded and self-published via IngramSpark.

Under the Willow can be purchased at any of your favorite online book retailers.