The Trials and Tribulations of Designing a Book Cover

Susan Jagannath
3 min readDec 27, 2023

Mostly transcript of the video above

Hey there, folks! It’s been a while since I last did a Facebook Live, and today I want to share a little adventure I had yesterday while I’m walking in the woods. Now, it’s not exactly the wild wilderness because there are golf courses nearby, but it’s still pretty sweet. Anyway, yesterday was quite eventful for me online. I finally revealed the cover of my upcoming book, and let me tell you, the response was overwhelming! But here’s the twist: I don’t actually like the cover.

cover reveal

What happened to my Book Cover Designer?

Unfortunately, she’s taking a break because she’s swamped with work. I totally get it, but it’s still disappointing. So, I decided to try someone else, and boy, was I let down. This new designer seemed to think that slapping a picture on the cover and adding a title was all it took. Seriously? I could do that myself!

Nowadays, with AI design and all, I could learn to make my own book covers. But honestly, I don’t want to go down that road. I’d rather have my original designer back, even if it means paying her twice the amount. This whole book process has been driving me insane. I just can’t seem to finish it.

walking along paths

Musing on Maps

One of the things I’ve been struggling with is incorporating maps into the book. Can you believe it? Not even ChatGPT, my trusty AI buddy, can help me with that. So, I’ve been doing the maps myself, but they’re more like diagrams than actual maps. It’s been quite a challenge.

Along with the maps, I’ve been sorting through tons of photos to find the perfect ones to sprinkle throughout the book. I’ve got loads of pictures of me and my friends smiling, laughing, and posing on the Camino, but I don’t want to overdo it. So, it’s been a process of finding…



Susan Jagannath

I escaped corporate to travel, have adventures, write bestsellers, and help others to publish.