Rebecca Byrd Bretz and the Importance of Book Cover Design

On April 19, award-winning graphic artist Rebecca Byrd Bretz will speak at the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas meeting about creating book covers. She will describe her process of working with authors and the elements of successful cover design. “Meeting authors to hear them describe their stories brings the visuals I need to present them back in print,” she says, “and that is how a book cover is born.”

Rebecca Byrd Bretz
Rebecca Byrd Bretz

Ms. Bretz holds a commercial art degree and throughout her career has continued to study. She has worked for UpState magazine, textbook publisher Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Morgan Printing, and Ginny’s Printing, and has developed concepts for malls, hotels, spas, and clowns. She has created book covers through printing companies and agencies and as an independent designer. Clients include SafePlace, the Library of Congress, and numerous self-published authors. She has received a First Place for cover design in the New York Book Show, a Clarion Award First Place from Women in Communication, a Crystal Award for Publishing Excellence from Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and a Texas Graphic Excellence Award for Brochure Design.

Read more about Ms. Bretz and see samples of her work at Rebecca Byrd Bretz Book Covers.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly at 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas. April’s meeting is on the 19th (third Sunday), instead of the usual second Sunday. Meetings are free and open to all.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read.

For information contact: Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

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