Convenient Heroes: Book Cover Design

My friend, K. Scott Bonovich, had asked me to design the cover for his first book, Convenient Heroes, which was released today and is available for purchase.  I had never designed a book cover before, so I was honored and am ecstatic about its release, too.  He gave me a few ideas for the photo, and with the help of a local fire department, I was able to execute it.  Although the fonts used in its publication are not exactly the ones I used, since I do not have the licenses and presented only an example, the publishing company matched them pretty closely.

Here is my original design, using Microsoft’s Stencil font for “Convenient” and the author’s name, a free font called Very Damaged for “Heroes”, and an Apple font called Cracked for the blurb.  I also had to ‘scrub’ the photo of identifying markers like personal names and numbers, as well as changing the number on the helmet to match one of the fire company’s numbers in the book.

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Here is the actual book cover image.

Thank you, Scott, for the honor and privilege of being a part of your first published work.  Congratulations!

Please be advised that because the book is based on real life situations, it contains some very rough language and tough circumstances.

If you would like to purchase a copy, you can visit either Scott’s author page at or

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

8 thoughts on “Convenient Heroes: Book Cover Design

  1. Rene, thank you. Part of any successful endeavor to the public is, as you all well know, ‘presentation’. Your cover design is matchless. I want to share with your fellow bloggers that the publisher and cover design folks scheduled 3 weeks to complete a design. When I submitted Rene’s, they grabbed it within 24 hours and asked permission to use it as an example for others to see. I submitted Rene’s design in the evening and in my morning e-mail was their acceptance and request. Further, the PR folks considered it ‘excellent’ to convey the thrust of the book. I honestly don’t think they anticipated such a complete and creatively designed cover. Rene explained some of her methodology to me but after the first sentences I was lost. Obviously she knows her craft. Once again, thank you, Rene. Any success with this book will be, in no small part, due to your tireless efforts. K. Scott Bonovich, author ‘Convenient Heroes’.

    • Wow! I knew things progressed more quickly than expected, but I wasn’t aware of the rest. Thank you so much again for allowing me to be a part of it! 😀

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