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Carol

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Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 4, 2016 3:35 PM
 
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Hi there, new here.
I would like some help designing my book cover but I am not sure where to go. I have tried the cover creator but it does not fully capture what I am looking for. Can anyone recommend a good illustrator or designer and how much they charge please?

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Carol.
Grace Carpenter

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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 4, 2016 4:39 PM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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You could always look on Fiverr
Keith Wayne Hil...

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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:37 PM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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CreateSpace has another cover creator program... but it is not pro either. If you are Indie it might be prudent to invest profits only... Use the free covers... try a few color variations... then when your book has earned a few hundred dollars then look for a graphic artist in your neighborhood and go to him with your colors and ideas. I'd try to find a student on craigslist.

Learn to use a color wheel to make your ad art (cover) "pop"... using opposite colors like teal and orange..

This advice is more for unproven sales. If you are a popular writer then cover art should be a foregone conclusion, but for starter indie projects... I'd opt for investing your profits but keep your overhead low... You never know what website, book, video, are going to strike a public chord.
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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 4, 2016 5:45 PM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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Look over on SelfPubBookCovers.com. They have thousands of pre made covers, mostly made by combining a couple of stock photos in interesting ways. They have a "tool" for putting on your title and author name, with a lot more flexibility (size, font, color, placement) than the Cover Creator gives you. They run maybe $75. I've gotten two of them and am pleased with them.
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Posted: Apr 4, 2016 7:00 PM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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I can also recommend selfpubbookcovers. They have thousands of pre-made covers at around US$70. The site has a huge range of covers from a large team of artists. This ensures you have heaps of choices in all the various genres and they are always adding new stock. I have about 6 of their covers and I think they're terrific

Cheers,

J.A.
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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 5, 2016 2:44 AM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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I have found canva.com to be more sophisticated than the Amazon Kindle cover-creation wizard. Takes a little time to get it right.

I used to pay $40 for a professionally designed cover, but alas my graphic artist has disappeared. Perhaps she died of starvation? Before that, I had a gal in the Czech Republic who worked for $25, but she proved incapable of doing a print cover (the spine overwhelmed her, or our shared grasp of the English language did). Anyhow, that was five or six years ago, before the deluge began.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 3:06 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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"Anyhow, that was five or six years ago, before the deluge began."

What was it like in the olden days, Grandpa?
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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 5, 2016 7:50 AM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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Carol wrote:
Hi there, new here.
I would like some help designing my book cover but I am not sure where to go. I have tried the cover creator but it does not fully capture what I am looking for. Can anyone recommend a good illustrator or designer and how much they charge please?

Regards,

Carol.

I'm going to differ with the consensus on this thread a little. Yes, there are low cost alternatives, and if you find a cover that really appeals to you, by all means use it. However, sometimes you need a professional designer to start from scratch to give you what you really want.

Your book cover is the one piece of advertising that literally every potential buyer sees. A prudent buyer should of course look at the product description and the Look Inside, but buyers may not get to the product page if the cover doesn't grab them. Consequently, I would spend money on the cover before I'd spend money on anything else except professional editing (if needed) Obviously, the book needs to be as great as you can make it--but the cover should be the next priority. I wouldn't wait to see if the book sells, as Wayne suggests. You never have a second chance to make a first impression.

Designers who go much beyond the stock photo tend to run anywhere from $200 to $500, sometimes even more. Virtually all display samples of their work, so it's easy to see what kind of results they produce. Try to select someone who allows for free revisions if the first design doesn't quite end up being what you wanted.

With regard to Fiverr, results can vary widely. With any really cheap alternatives, check for references. For instance, there have been some problems with cheap designers not really licensing the stock photos they are using, and if you get caught with unlicensed material in your cover, guess what? Amazon punished you! Make sure to verify that any material which is not original is something for which the designer holds the necessary rights.
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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 5, 2016 10:37 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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What was it like in the olden days, Grandpa?

It was great, Sonny. You can't believe how great it was, when we could sell thousands of copies of Kindle books every year at $5.99 or even $7.99, and we could get first-class cover artists designing our books for $25 or $40. That all came to an end in 2012, as the multitudes swarmed in, moths to the candle of Kindle Select.

I made twice as much money in 2011, with half as many titles available, as I did last year. Sales are creeping upward again this year, but I doubt they'll ever return to the level of January 2012, which was my golden month.

Good luck! (you'll need it!) -- NJ

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Carol

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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 5, 2016 1:36 PM   in response to: Keith Wayne Hil... in response to: Keith Wayne Hil...
 
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Im confused I thought this was the same as create space? What is the difference?
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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 4:22 PM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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Hi Carol, I have found word-2-kindle very good. Have a look at my book Lucy Leader 44 Butterfly Drive. The cover was designed by word-2-kindle for $99. They also run a $49 cover-design service. Just let them know exactly what you want. The man to contact there is Nick Caya. All the best, Stan
Steven Thurman

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Posted: Apr 6, 2016 2:15 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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....You can't believe how great it was, when we could sell thousands of copies of Kindle books every year at $5.99 or even $7.99, and we could get first-class cover artists designing our books for $25 or $40. That all came to an end in 2012, as the multitudes swarmed in, moths to the candle of Kindle Select.

I made twice as much money in 2011, with half as many titles available, as I did last year. Sales are creeping upward again this year, but I doubt they'll ever return to the level of January 2012, which was my golden month.

Wished those days would return even if only for a visit. Maybe a magic spell would help bring them back. Naw, probably not.
Gary O'Riley

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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 6, 2016 3:04 AM   in response to: Steven Thurman in response to: Steven Thurman
 
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It'll be interesting to see how things develop. Will Amazon continue to allow more and more ebooks to be added, until there are another couple of million titles? Or will they have a cull or be more selective in what they allow published?

BTW, regarding covers...I've noticed that some of the big 5 publishers have started to use stock images on some of their ebooks.
Steven Thurman

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Posted: Apr 6, 2016 4:18 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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Gary O'Riley wrote:
It'll be interesting to see how things develop. Will Amazon continue to allow more and more ebooks to be added, until there are another couple of million titles? Or will they have a cull or be more selective in what they allow published?

BTW, regarding covers...I've noticed that some of the big 5 publishers have started to use stock images on some of their ebooks.

It does remain to be seen, like you said. I think, though, as long as they continue to make money off of the books they will not reduce the amount of new entries. That would not be fair to new and old authors alike. They do seem to reward those with the greatest amount of sales which fill Amazon's coffers. They don't really have an answer to new writers that publish below par works that I know of. What one person likes another person may not like. I guess the free market system is the best thing we can hope for.

Some of us believe that they should refuse to handle works which are of low quality, high priced pamphlets, poorly written (including poorly formatted) or works that are designed to scam because these do turn off readers. One of the bigger problems is that the number of books is growing at a much faster rate than the number of new readers.

Covers: I paid $300 for one which looks really good, but I also got lucky twice with Fiverr and got two really good ones also for very cheap. A few not so good ones which I need to replace. My non-fiction one had to be done by a professional (she's on here sometimes) who charged me about $125. Fiverr could not provide the kind of quality I needed for it. I still use Fiverr but it is a hit and miss thing. When it misses, it is not a big deal -- $5. I lose more pocket change in a day than that.

Edited by: Steven Thurman on Apr 6, 2016 5:59 AM

melinda burt

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Re: Best places to design your book cover?
Posted: Apr 6, 2016 6:45 AM   in response to: Carol in response to: Carol
 
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Carol, I believe you said you need help designing your own book cover. I suggest you make yourself a design board. When I am designing a cover for an author I normally begin by researching the genre. I go to amazon or whatever their preferred sales platform is and research the best selling books in that category. I throw the best examples on a virtual design board and zero in or colors. Once we choose colors, we begin to flesh out images. I usually work with stock images but they are photomanipulated into a particular scene using photoshop. A scene usually involves a background, foreground images and then smaller design elements. Pay careful attention to your font choices. Use more than one font but don't over use specialty fonts. Once that is all worked together we begin manipulating tonal qualities to get the exact look we want. You want the image to have an it integrated and polished look. See the attached examples:

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