30 Designers for NaNoWriMo

I’m excited to share that I have been selected to be one of the 30 book cover designers to be matched up with one of 30 writers for #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

Soon thousands of writers will take the 30 day challenge and complete their novel during the month of November.

In addition: Every November, the Young Writers Program works with 100,000 students and educators, and 2,000 classrooms around the world.

So stay tuned as I await the novel brief and report as this exciting project nears.



Update: October 30, 2015

I have received the synopsis of the book I will create a cover for… let the designs begin!


Update: November 16, 2015

My book cover design is in and I just received this email from Tim Kim, Director of Communications for National Novel Writing Month:

Hi Susan,

Thank you so much for your beautiful cover this year! I wanted to pass on this message from Rowan, the young writer for whom you designed a cover:
“Oh my goodness!! I love this so much thank you!! I honestly did not think my novel would be chosen but it is and I’m so happy!! especially on Friday the 13th!! :^) I really like the color scheme and the moon!! I didn’t include it in the synopsis, but the moon is involved in my story so yay!! Just thank you I love it!!”

Thank you so much for volunteering your time and talents to encouraging creativity in people around the world through this project. We hope to work with you again in the future!


Tim Kim

Director of Communications
National Novel Writing Month

30 Covers, 30 Days 2015: Day Thirteen

Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman.

Read more about these NaNoWriMo 2015 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Sword of Midnight

A fantasy novel being written this November by YWP participant Rowan Hadley.

Maledi can’t remember anything besides her name. The only thing that links her to her mysterious past is a ring. The only thing she knows for certain is that she is a monster. For years, she has lived in an ancient manor, isolated from the world. She tries to learn to wield her powers, sending telepathic messages asking for help to anyone who will listen.

Quirin Argent, a freelance mercenary, has had the same dream for over a week now: a girl’s voice calling out to him, the same words over and over. One day, he is approached by the Captain of the Imperial Army, with a quest from the king to retrieve the rumored she-demon that has been imprisoned for years in a mansion located in the northern mountains.

What Quirin doesn’t know is that the she-demon is the key to finding an ancient sword that could bring on a new age or plunge the world into eternal darkness.

Cover Designed by Susan Newman

Susan Newman is a brand visibility designer, web specialist and environmentalist. She is the founder of Susan Newman Design, Inc and Frogs Are Green, Inc. Susan is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (communication arts), The New School (web design), and NJ Learns (sustainability). When Susan is not out there spreading awareness about why we should save frogs and amphibians, she’s branding, broadcasting and supporting other creative entrepreneurs and organizations.

Sword of Midnight by Rowan Hadley - cover design by Susan Newman Design - 30 covers, 30 days

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