It was back in 1998 when I officially started designing books. I was freelancing for a medium-sized book publisher who needed cover designs pumped out at almost factory-style speed.

At the time, I was a Zombie Mom; a “Mombie” if you will—awake 24 hours a day with a high-energy toddler boy and a newborn who had her days and nights confused, so the idea of flexible hours was appealing during my Walk With The Dead.

On a high note, my 3 a.m. quality time with Miss Nightlife honed my one-handed typing skills, so there was that. #uselesstalent

After designing about 200+ cover designs under the influence of countless cups of strong coffee, I decided it was time to break away from the craziness. So I launched my own niche online book design business, on my own time.

And I was able to pull it off while I weaned my daughter off the Red-Eye, thank you!

But along with this new self-publishing era came the Do-It-Yourselfers who wanted an easy way to create and submit their own high-quality covers, confidently and cost effectively.

I searched for a way to help this budget-minded group design covers that still looked like they spent $$$ on professional design.

So, I got busy! I wire-framed an idea for software that contained all the tools available to create professional-quality book covers, without the need for artistic skill.

With this concept, my developers and I spent about a year in beta-testing to launch a comprehensive, downloadable cover design program that can set the specs like size, spine, trim, resolution, and mode; with a toolbar for customizing text, images, embellishments, colors, ISBN barcode, and ebook conversion. 

A few months later I launched our templates gallery with some nice, fully-editable, plug+go designs to provide a jumpstart for layout and position.

Starting at less than $50, one-off cost.

Since 2007, BookCoverly has helped thousands of indie authors create their own amazing covers.

And the best part about my program? Two things, actually:

  1. I provide a FREE assessment of my customer’s covers. Just shoot me over your finished design and I will give you a professional Creative Critique+Tweak for optimum sell.  
  2. If you purchase my software, I’ll give you a $150 credit towards any other service I provide.

I mean, who else does that? 😉

Since 1999, Angela Donelle has worked as a Virtual Author's Assistant for numerous indie authors. She provides consulting and customized service, including book design, editing, office, and marketing tasks. Along with her personal expertise, Angela also runs a progressive web-based platform for self-designing books. You can reach her at

Hi and welcome! I’m Angela, and I’m a mom, author coach, and book designer.

Since 1999, my passion has been helping indie authors design and polish their books + increase profitability through branding.

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