And that's when I stepped back and remembered my personal motto.
"Never trust your gut! Your gut is stupid!"
So through the LDS Beta Readers group on Facebook I found Victorine Lieske. And after probably being one of her more difficult customers, I ended up with this:
Victorine did SO much better than I could have ever attempted. I almost tried doing the paperback version on my own too but again had to remember, "Never Trust Your Gut!" So I forked over the fee and she knocked it out of the park again.
Moral of the story? Just hire a real designer.
Secondary moral? Hire Victorine Lieske - www.bluevalleyauthorservices.