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Elizabeth Smith

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Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 4, 2016 1:21 AM
 
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Hi

I'm thinking of updating my book covers using the Cover Creator provided by Kdp, probably a silly question but I wondered how best to put in the acknowledgment section of my books as to who designed/created the cover? Also do you pay additional royalties for this service? I've checked the guidelines and it doesn't say.

Thanks in advance for help on this :)

Liz

Edited by: Elizabeth Smith on Mar 4, 2016 1:24 AM
Lucy

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 4, 2016 1:24 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Hi Liz,

The Cover Creator that you access when you upload your book is free. It's dead simple to use: but I guess people will say that you run the risk of creating a cover that looks like a lot of other covers.

Personally I use it for all my books, but I'm not selling fiction, so I don't need a great cover, I just need the words to be clearly legible!

Why don't you give it a try before uploading an actual book: start the "create new title" process, then go straight to cover creator and have a play around with it?

Hope this helps.
Elizabeth Smith

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 4, 2016 1:28 AM   in response to: Lucy in response to: Lucy
 
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Thanks Lucy :)

I'll definitely give it a go, I've done my own covers so far, but think I need to make them more noticeable. I do write fiction, so hopefully I can make them stand out more, in terms of referencing the cover creator do you put anything in particular in your copyright section?

Liz
Lucy

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 4, 2016 1:31 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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You're welcome!

No, you don't need to credit the Zon with the cover, as it's all part of the process.

Reading these forums, I've noticed that covers often come in for criticism, and a lot of the commenters here will say that you will do better to make your own cover than to use the cover creator, so do come back to this thread in a while, to get more viewpoints from people who are much more experienced at it than I am.
Helen Gosney

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 4, 2016 2:17 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Hi Elizabeth.

I've used the cover creator for my books & I think they've come out well. I did use the pictures that Amazon provide when I started out, but finally bit the bullet & bought an image from shutterstock.

I think from memory it cost something like $10 or so. I've used the same image on all four books in my series & I thought I'd get complaints from readers/buyers that it's too confusing, but none so far & it's been nearly ten months.

I do occasionally get returns, but whether that's because the buyer was confused & bought the wrong book in the series, or whether it was simply "returns" that we all get for one reason or another, who knows?

I'm not sure if it was coincidence or not, but the sales of my books really took off when I (a) changed the covers to their final form and (b) completed the trilogy, that's now become a tetralogy.

The cover creator is easy to use, costs nothing - unless you buy an image from elsewhere, as I did - no hassles with acknowledgements & so forth. If you feel like it you can even list yourself as "cover designer" or something like that.

I just put "cover design by author... image copyright Joe Bloggs/Shutterstock in the copyright bit at the front. Of course you have to acknowledge the image's producer somewhere along the line if it's a commercial image

Some might look down their noses at covers made this way, but I'm happy with mine.

Good luck with your book.

Cheers... HG

ETA Of course you have to acknowledge the image's producer somewhere along the line if it's a commercial image

Edited by: Helen Gosney on Mar 4, 2016 2:18 AM

Edited by: Helen Gosney on Mar 4, 2016 3:52 AM oops, sorry... image was in fact from dreamstime & I found their images were more what I was looking for than other sites. Having said that, the next book will have a shutterstock image. Must have been thinking of that.
Elizabeth Smith

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 6, 2016 2:27 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Thank you for the great advice, I haven't had time to play with the cover creator this weekend but you're input will be put to good use. Thanks again

Liz
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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Mar 6, 2016 2:51 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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The cover creator is a great tool, but if you have your own unique artwork or photo, you should use that instead of one of KDP stock photos. You might find the perfect photo for your book, but it's like to be the perfect photo for several writers. Nothing more frustrating than seeing your perfect cover on someone else's less-than-perfect book. To create unique images, I use GIMP, a free graphics program, much like Photoshop but with a shallower learning curve. To manipulate photos, I use Irfan View, also a free program. It's also easy to create a cover on Canva.com, which has tons of free stuff and to which you can upload your own images. Good luck.

No need to credit Cover Creator. It's only a computer tool and has no ego to stroke.
Gerard Roffey

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 4:13 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Hi all,
I use Cover Creator for all my books, but I do have a question. If I have a series, I use the same cover for all books in the series.
I just finished a new book for my first series I did some time ago.
The trouble is, I cannot find the correct cover in Cover Creator, and looking at the other books in my series, it does not give me the name or code of the cover for me to check.
Once I picked the wrong cover, I now cannot go back and change it. It keeps the cover and only allows me to alter the layout of it. There is no option (that I can find) that allows me to go back to the first phase of Cover Creator to pick a new design.
Any suggestions?

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Grace Carpenter

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 4:37 AM   in response to: Gerard Roffey in response to: Gerard Roffey
 
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You can change the image by clicking on it.
Gerard Roffey

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 4:45 AM   in response to: Grace Carpenter in response to: Grace Carpenter
 
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No I can't. I can edit it, but I want to change it to another cover.
Grace Carpenter

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 5:08 AM   in response to: Gerard Roffey in response to: Gerard Roffey
 
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I don't understand what you mean, then. You said you wanted to change the image, correct? You can do that by clicking on the image while you are in Cover Creator.
Gerard Roffey

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 5:20 AM   in response to: Grace Carpenter in response to: Grace Carpenter
 
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Okay, figured it out. Thanks, Grace.
I was clicking over the text fields, and so only those seemed to be able to be changed. When I moved the cursor I saw the top prompt change to "Click to edit or change image".
I was thinking, someone who has done 600+ posts must know what she's talking about. Thanks again.
Grace Carpenter

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: May 6, 2016 5:53 AM   in response to: Gerard Roffey in response to: Gerard Roffey
 
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No problem. :)
Celia Jade

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Re: Unable to scroll in Cover Creator to view images
Posted: Nov 15, 2016 4:15 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Hello everyone,

I work on a Mac. I want to create my book cover but I'm unable to scroll through the stock images or any other page in cover creator. I see the list of photos by category, but after clicking on any of them I can't move past the first few.

Hope someone can help me.

Thanks,

Tammie
William D Jempt...

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Re: Using Cover Creator
Posted: Nov 15, 2016 4:25 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Smith in response to: Elizabeth Smith
 
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Elizabeth Smith wrote:
Hi

I'm thinking of updating my book covers using the Cover Creator provided by Kdp, probably a silly question but I wondered how best to put in the acknowledgment section of my books as to who designed/created the cover? Also do you pay additional royalties for this service? I've checked the guidelines and it doesn't say.

Thanks in advance for help on this :)

Liz


I used cover creator for my first ebook. It worked out all right, that book is still my #2 best seller of 18 books overall. However I did get a cover made for it about two months after I first began selling it. Without checking, I'd have to say I sold at least 50% of that book with a Amazon cover.

At Fiverr I use Jimmygibbs.
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