Workshops for Writers-July 13: Bad Book Covers

Bad Book Covers presented by Jennifer Stolzer and Brad R. Cook

July 13, 2019 The Lodge Des Peres 10am to Noon

Yes, readers do judge a book by its cover.

Join illustrator and book cover artist Jennifer Stolzer and book cover designer Brad R. Cook as they discuss the fictional publishing career of Destinee Amore, and her journey from truly horrific book covers to book covers that make her novels fly off the shelf. Along the way, Jennifer and Brad will present a number of fictional book covers, in various genres, demonstrating why some are bad, some are vile, and others shine. Learn how to craft a book cover and the tools needed to construct one of your own.

10 a.m. to noon, July 13, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63131. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.


Jennifer Stolzer

Jennifer Stolzer is an author/illustrator living in the St. Louis area. She graduated from Webster University with a degree in interactive digital media and animation, and uses these skills to create bright and engaging characters both in words and images. 

Jennifer was voted Top 5 Local Children's Book authors by readers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2017. Her first picture book, Dog Park (2014) is based on her award-winning animation by the same name. Her debut YA Fantasy, Threadcaster, was released in 2017.

Jennifer Stolzer is an author and illustrator living and working in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Webster University with a degree in digital media and animation and uses this skill set to create bright and engaging characters. Her illustration company, Jennifer Stolzer Illustration, has served the St. Louis area and its authors for over nine years. You can see samples of her work at or on facebook under Jennifer Stolzer Illustration.


Brad R. Cook

Brad R. Cook, is the author of The Iron Chronicles (treehouse publishing group) and Steamtree: The Airdrainium Adventure (Broadsword Books). Owner of Broadsword Books, offering book covers, marketing materials, and website design for authors and small businesses. A former co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press, he currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with a centuries’ old classic. Find more at or @bradrcook on Twitter, Instagram, tumblr, and more.

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