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Are you looking for ways to make a book cover? If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right blog. We’ve been publishing over 50 books, so we know what separates a good cover from a bad one.
Option 1: Make A Book Cover Yourself
Cover designers create most of our covers, but we have designed a few covers ourselves to some of our bestselling books. We used a site called myecovermaker.com to create these covers. They are both inexpensive and beginner friendly. We’ve been using them for more than six months now and are very pleased.
We use myecovermaker.com to create our bundles, and we save a lot of money compared to if we were to order them through sites like fiverr.com. As of this moment, you can sign up with them for only $14.95 per month.
P.S. The images for the bestselling books were downloaded for free from Pixabay.com. There are lots of other sites as well where you can get royalty free pictures for free to help you make a book cover that stands out.
Option 2: Buy Covers From Designers
You can buy covers for as low as $5 from freelancing sites like fiverr.com. Fiverr is the primary website from which we purchase book covers. I recommend that you sort by highest rating if you were to order your covers from Fiverr. Some freelancers will deliver your cover within 24 hours as well which can be beneficial in some cases.
Here are three other ways of buying covers from designers:
- Put out a job posting on upwork.com where you state that you’re looking for someone that can make a book cover for you.
- Search for cover designers in the warrior forum.
- Put out a contest on 99design.com and have professional designers submit their ideas for you.
You can, of course, choose to buy covers from bigger companies but understand that you’re most likely going to pay a premium price for that.
Option 3: (For Kindle Publishing and CreateSpace Publishing) Make A Book Cover With The Help Of Their Free Services
Now, this is an option that I don’t personally recommend unless you don’t have any money to invest. Both KDP and CreateSpace offer a free cover creator that you can use. The first thing you have to do to access these services is to create a KDP account and a CreateSpace account if you want to use both. You’ll find the cover creator for Kindle on the same page where you write the title, description, upload the book, etc.
We’ve used this cover creator ourselves without any success. The book that we published didn’t sell well at all. So if you have some money, go with the other options. Let’s go over some reasons to why the cover design is crucial.
3 Reasons To Why You Want A Great Cover
- The cover is often the first thing that the reader will see.
- Believe it or not, people do judge a book by its cover.
- Your sales can and will most likely increase if you have a better cover than your competition.
What We Do To Make Sure That Our Cover Stands Out
One thing that works well for us is, having the title keyword in big font. We’ve seen some people that make their title minuscule. From our experience, these books do not sell as well as someone with a larger font for their title on the cover. The subtitle can be a little bit smaller but if your title is “Exercise”, then you’d want to make sure that it’s not too small. Again, the cover is often the first thing that the reader will look at when browsing for books. So your sales could be affected if they type in the keyword for your title, and they can’t see it on the cover without having to zoom. At least make your title keyword bigger than your author name. Most people will not care about the name of the person that has written the book unless it’s from a famous author.
Another tip to that can be useful if you’re publishing on Amazon is to make your cover stand out in some way. Standing out can be done with a different image, colour, etc. Pattern interrupt is something that marketers use to make sure that the consumer pays attention to their product. So try to stand out from the competition in a way that the buyer would appreciate.
Some Final Words
I could share a lot more ways to make a book cover with you. But the fact of the matter is that I don’t want to recommend something that we haven’t tested first. The ways that are described in this blog post are proven to be quick and easy. I would like to add that they are going to give you a high-quality cover as well, but that’s up to you. You have to make sure that you take that extra time on your cover if you’re doing it yourself. If you’re ordering from a designer, you got to make sure that you choose a great one. And, if you were to go with the free cover creator from KDP or CreateSpace, you have to make sure that you know what you’re doing.
Lastly, let’s say you’re spending more than 10 hours to write your book or pay over $100 to get it written. What is it to pay $5 to make sure that your cover is great? Since repetition is the mother of all skill, I’ll say this one last time: The cover is most likely the first thing the reader will see, not the content of the book.
Thank you for reading this blog post, I hope you received some value from it! As always, feel free to comment down below to share your thoughts!