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How do you find your cover art? Well, it’s an important question. You can’t use just any photo on your covers. Make sure they are royalty free.
Also, if you’re book is a historical romance you don’t need to put a modern couple on the cover. You’d mislead the reader and believe me you don’t want a mad reviewer on your hands. Make sure your cover goes with the book content.
Also, you want to use a good picture. Don’t use a cheesy photo that looks photo cropped in. The cover is the first thing a potential reader sees when deciding to buy your book. If it draws them in then they’ll probably buy your book. I’ve bought several books based on the covers alone.
Our company uses several different photo sites including Bigstockphoto.com and Istockphoto.com. What website do you use? Has it been a beneficial site for you?
If you’re struggling with your cover design, give us a try. Our design department can design a great cover based on your ideas or we’ll give you a couple of choices based on your book.
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Writing a book is hard work. You work constantly for months or even years on your masterpiece and then it comes to designing the cover. Most people buy a book based on it’s cover. So to me that’s the most important part after the books finished.
Here are a couple of things to consider when designing your cover:
1. What’s your book about? This needs to come out on the cover. If your book is about a cowboy then don’t put a business man on the front. Make sure the cover reveals a little of what to expect on the inside.
2. Make it mysterious. You don’t want to give away too much, but just enough to draw in the reader.
3: Color scheme. Use a color scheme that’s eye catching and that coordinates with the pictures you use.
4. As for any cover pictures you use always make sure if you don’t use one you took yourself that you go to a site that’s royalty free. You need to put a little money into the cover picture because this makes it pop.
5: The font. Make sure to get a good font. Don’t just use one you find on Word, but go to a good font site and pick out a great one. You want the words to just pop off the cover and be able to read it easily. There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out what the name of a book is.
6: Check out other book covers and get an idea of what you can do. Use a good design program so that you can fade, cloud or just plain out give it the wow factor.
7: When you have a good sample, then put it into thumbnail size and see if it’s still good. Don’t forget that some of the e-book sites have only room for a small cover picture.
That’s just a few pointers. If you’re not sure you want to do this, then give us a try. We offer competitive rates and will work hard to get you the best cover for the buck.
Good luck designing.