I know that it has been ages since I've visited her....my design business has really picked up and I've simply had very limited time for fun things beyond work. *hangs head* However, I keep sending all my new clients here - happily recommending this forum as a great place to meet fellow writers!
I've learned a few things this year and can now eagerly recommend a publisher: SilverWood Books in the UK - lovely folks who know their business! I've worked with them on eight book jackets now (seven with Helen Hollick alone!) and their art director is a 20+ year graphic designer, so I actually learned a bit working with them. Pity they have an in house design department and could not hire me on. But they are a top notch outfit for any independent author in need of a good publisher.
I've also created a bunch of book trailers for various clients over the past several months - something new that I've added to my design services. I also highly recommend authors considering this marketing tool - I believe that I can count on E. Chadwick's (member EC2 I think?) support in that as she also creates her own trailers (we use the same software *laughs*), and she's familiar with my work too. I learned through another client that Amazon charges around $1,000 for one book trailer video!! That is ludicrous!! My fee is a quarter of that! This is a new marketing tool for promoting books, so not too many designers out there providing the service - so shop around and don't get ripped off!
I hope everyone here is doing well and I hope to return to the fold more often. I miss reading all of you!