It's scary but worthwhile to step outside of your comfort zone. I specialize in fantasy and horror book covers and promotional images. Recently, my publisher (Aubey LLC), who I also freelance for, acquired an adult fiction Christian manuscript. She asked me to design the cover.
Aubey contacted me saying the author liked these covers:
Since this was my first Christian book cover, I spent some time on Amazon and Goodreads to check out trends. I also went on Adobe Color CC to research "Christian" color schemes.
This one is a streamlined version of the author's drawing.
Since the image is the focus, I went with a simpler font. The texture is similar to the covers the author liked.
The author wanted an angel to be the focus on the cover but, having read the book, I knew the angel took up maybe 30% of the story. I spoke with the publisher about it and she said I could go a more symbolic route.
The title was interesting to design. The first two words are long and subtitles are generally difficult to design because they often can't be seen when the cover is viewed on a screen. Fortunately, the title words, Unsolicited Encounters, are about the same length so getting them to balance wasn't a problem. Because they are so long, I couldn't have them on the same line. A clean background, contrasting colors and drop shadows made the subtitle easier to see as a thumbnail.
This next one is a mix of the artwork and the above sample covers.
Design number three is closer to the sample covers.
In the end, the author chose cover number three.
If you need a cover designed, contact me.