Classic Covers 101

Learning How To Do Your Own Book Covers


This is a step-by-step guide to doing your own book covers at a basic 101 level.

Not only will new cover designers get a lot from this, but so will those of you who have been doing your own covers.

Covers are fun and in this new world of indie publishing, none of us can really afford to roll the dice and hope that a cover person will get your cover right, let alone always pay for them.

Allyson Longueira and I will be working together on this for you, to make sure everything is clear and our reasons that you do something makes sense.

This is the basics. We will not teach you how to use some design program. Nope. We are teaching covers, branding, professional-level design, fonts, and so much more.

If you are prolific and covers are costing too much or slowing your writing down, you need this class. If your books aren't selling very well, you need this class.

Good covers are the first thing a customer sees. Bad covers they just slide by.

A critical 101 level workshop, now in classic format.

Your Instructor

Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith

With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.

Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.

He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to the Covers 101 Workshop.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
For lectures and classic workshops, the course starts now and stays on your dashboard for as long as you like! They are completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. For the monthly regular workshops, each has a start date and each week's lectures will appear on the same day. After the course is finished it will remain on your dashboard for as long as you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I contact someone about the course?
If you have any questions at all about anything in a course, simply email Dean with the word "workshop" in the subject line. His email is [email protected]

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