Six Minutes with Cover Designer Donika Mishineva

Six Minutes with Cover Designer Donika Mishineva

The talented Art Director, Graphic Artist, and Book Cover Designer (who we have the pleasure of working with at Aurora House), Donika Mishineva, joins us for a Q&A. If you’ve ever wondered how magical book covers get brought to life, now if your chance to find out…

  1. When did you start designing covers?I have been doing graphic design for more than fourteen years, but it has never been my passion. I have always missed something – art and the feeling that I am doing something significant. Before I found myself as a book cover designer, there was a long period in which I was engaged in art collages, and although I liked making beautiful prints, I also didn’t find the significance I needed there. Just a little over a year ago, I decided to specialize in cover design. I love literature and photo editing, and you also meet people with non-standard thinking, with whom you are always curious to communicate with. It gives me that cheerful impulse to wake up every morning – to create something beautiful for book lovers.
  1. What is the first thing you do when you are approached to design a cover?Before I start working on a cover, I need to know the target audience group, the genre of the book, the story, the characters, and the message that the author wants to leave in the minds of their readers. Creating the right image is like a psychological game in which you have to know your audience’s behaviour.
  1. What’s your favourite part of your job?Satisfied clients, hahaha. I like to make authors happy. They put so much effort into writing their story; their philosophy of life, beliefs. What perseverance and patience they have invested for months to share their work with the whole world! To create an excellent cover for such a person, to feel their happiness, faith in their success, makes me happy, and I feel that I leave a trace in someone’s soul.
  1. What is one memorable experience from when you designed a cover?Years before I decided to focus on book design, I spontaneously decided to take part in a book cover contest entitled – Mind Beyond Matter by Dr. Gavin Rowland. Designers from all over the world uploaded their interpretations. Some of them already had several versions; apparently, they talked to the author about corrections and offered new options. There were about twelve hours left until the deadline for me to get involved. I could feel my heart beating fast; something inside me was pushing me to do it. Even though my mind was telling me that I had almost no chance in this competition, especially when you had never designed a book cover before, I managed to upload a single image four hours before the finale. I closed the laptop and went to bed, knowing that at least I had done my best. The following day I was shocked because I saw the message – ‘You are a WINNER.’
  1. What do you think makes a great cover?There are a few rules a graphic designer should think about while working on a book cover design.A significant title, written in proper font and style suitable to the book genre, is the first thing a great cover needs. It is essential the potential buyer could read the title from a distance while walking between the stands and bookshelves of the bookstore or looking at the titles on Amazon.The second most important criteria are suitable photos professionally mounted in an image that tells or hints at the story in the book or influences the audience. We only have three seconds for the reader to decide whether or not to stop and look at a particular cover.

    In design, everything has its meaning and is like a psychological map of the mind, affecting the potential buyer and readers. Every detail, colour, shape speaks to the observer with psychological impulses that will decide their choice.

  1. Is there a secret to creating the best cover?

The best cover is the one that inspires readers, that makes them smile or dream about the story in the book.

Happy reading and collecting bookworms!

              Find out more about Donika’s work here:


Written by Kathleen Tamara Loxton

Helen Parry Jones in Australia

Helen Parry Jones in Australia

Helen Parry Jones will be visiting Australia in May 2018

If you would like to meet Helen, her events will give an opportunity to talk with her, see her in action, and learn about healing if you attend her Workshop. Book tickets if you would like to attend Helen’s events – they are selling fast. Links below and tickets available from Eventbrite.

Helen is due to arrive in Australia on 20th May and will be Guest Speaker at the Mind, Body Spirit Festivals in Sydney 24th – 27th May and Melbourne 8th – 11th June.  She is also holding An Evening of Clairvoyance  on 29th May at the RSL Parramatta, and an all day Intensive Healing Clairvoyance Workshop on 31st May. Venue TBA

In Melbourne the Evening of Clairvoyance is on 14th June at the Parkview Hotel in St. Kilda, and an all day Intensive Healing Clairvoyance Workshop on 16th June at the same location.


Her new book Beyond Boundaries will be on sale at all events!

Glen Bowyer

Glen’s Interview on North Coast Positive

Glen sat down with Nyck Jeanes on North Coast Positive for an interview about his debut novel The Spirit of Love: a collection of short writings, poems and phrases written by a man who took himself into some of the darkest and most destructive depths one can go with drug and alcohol addictions. The collection of writings contained within The Spirit of Love is a reflection of one man’s healing journey within himself and the deep questioning that has arisen from within it.


With the love, support and guidance of his dear friend Edwina in helping to bring these writings from the handwritten scribbles on paper to how they are presented today, The Spirit of Love is a reminder that no matter how dark, desperate, alone, helpless or trapped one believes they may be, the sheer beauty of the perfection of life in its totality is silently and patiently living within us all, and its love is so powerful that it can heal anything that has come to pass.

If you would like to listen to glen’s interview, follow this link:, and if you’d like to find out more information about The Spirit of Love, follow this link:


Mark Eyles

Mark Eyles Lands an Interview with the Tasmanian Times

Mark Eyles, sat down with the Tasmanian Times to talk about his debut novel Mary’s Ireland: the battles of the Crimea and the streets of Belfast veil the simple life of young barmaid Mary Cannon. A Polish sailor, who lives in the shadow of Russian wars and religious conflict, enters her Shamrock Hotel. Mary feels his jade black eyes seeing right through her to the very white of her skin. He pierces her heart. Family, faith and humour shape Mary as she struggles with grief, her violent Ireland and uncertain love. Encased in detailed historical events and settings, Mary’s Ireland enshrines the human capacity to confront adversity and flourish within it, turning donkeys into racehorses.

If you’d like more information about Mary’s Ireland, follow this link:

Red Dust Dreams an International Book Awards Finalist!

Lannah Sawers-Diggins is the very talented author of Red Dust Dreams, a book that gives a voice to those living in the outback, revealing what life is really like ‘in the sticks’ through interviews, articles, and Lannah’s own experiences. She took a chance to spread Red Dust Dreams throughout the world and entered into the 2017 International Book Awards, where she was a finalist in Non-Fiction: Narrative: Such a fantastic achievement, Lannah, and a testament to all your hard work.

Red Dust Dreams is also nominated for the WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards in two categories: the TAB Community Service Award and the Horizon Power, Leadership and Innovation Award. Lannah has also been asked to speak at the CWA (Country Women’s Association), at the Mt Magnet Astro Rocks Festival, and a rotary club at the Melville Glades Golf Club.

Well done, Lannah. The Aurora Team couldn’t be prouder!

If you’d like to see what all the hype is about, you can purchase Red Dust Dreams in paperback or ebook or explore Lannah’s website for more details about the author:

Australian Publisher Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

If you’ve written a novel, autobiography, or children’s book, Aurora House is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and we’d love to hear from you!

Now, some of you may be thinking you’d prefer to go with a ‘traditional’ publisher such as Penguin or Allen and Unwin, and it is still possible to submit unsolicited manuscripts to them on specified times of the week/month. The downside is their general ‘waiting period’ is six months, and most prefer you not to submit your manuscript to anyone else. Often you don’t get a message to say if your manuscript was rejected so you have to wait it out for the six months before you realise you weren’t successful. That’s six months you could have been sending your manuscript somewhere else for consideration.

At Aurora House, we accept unsolicited manuscripts every day of the week and don’t believe in lengthy ‘waiting periods’. We will read every submission we receive and respond in a timely fashion. Another point to consider is that most publishers specify if you do not follow their submission guidelines exactly, your manuscript will not be considered – that’s a high price to pay for not capitalising the correct words in the email subject line.

So, if you’re tired of being rejected by publishers or having your manuscript sit in the slush pile for months on end, then submit your manuscript to Aurora House, where we tailor the publishing process to each author. Our team of professional editors and proofreaders will give you their personal attention. We all love books; otherwise we wouldn’t be doing what we do.

Our published authors will be more than happy to connect with you – happy authors makes us happy too!