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Samantha

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 2:36 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
 
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C. Gold wrote:
Photoshop requires a monthly subscription which I think is a bit pricy if you aren't doing graphic artist stuff on a regular basis. If you want to try some of the cheaper (or free) alternatives out there, check out https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/19/25-alternatives-to-photoshop-image-editing. I heard Paint.NET is particularly good (and free).

That is interesting because I don't pay a subscription for it, I have had the program for a few years now. I wonder if there are different options or something.
Joseph A Congel

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 5:53 PM   in response to: peterws in response to: peterws
 
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Thanks- I've looked at the Wacom tablets but they might be a bit pricey for what I'm looking for right now. I think I'm going to look at all my options based off of everyone's suggestions and see what is the best fit for me.

Thank you for your thoughts and ideas!

Joe
Marsha

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 4:49 AM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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I swear by Canva! Once you get the hang of using it, you can create covers, social media posts... well, just about anything. They have a large selection of free images, but you can also purchase some for a very minimal fee. And yes, the basic Canva is free to use! www.canva.com

Hope that helps!

Thought I would add a disclaimer... I am not associated with Canva in anyway other than as a user! I will not profit by anyone choosing to use it. 😊

Edited by: Marsha on Sep 17, 2017 4:51 AM
Joseph A Congel

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 6:16 AM   in response to: Marsha in response to: Marsha
 
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Thank you Marsha - I will look into Canva as well!

I appreciate it!

Joe
Diane Pratt

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 3:52 PM   in response to: Marsha in response to: Marsha
 
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Marsha, I created a cover in Canva that I love and downloaded it as a PDF (recommended) but KDP Cover Creator rejected the format, needing a JPG. When I downloaded as a JPG, I wasn't able to save it. It could be my own ignorance but nowhere was there the option to "Save as". Only "Share", "Zoom", "Slideshow", "Draw", "Edit", "Rotate", and the three dots that always look promising but never are when I want to Save. How are you downloading your covers?

Thank you for any advice you can give.
thrasherll

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 8:48 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
 
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C. Gold wrote:
I actually like your Dead is Forever cover. The subtitle in white text is hard to read but the background image is a decent portrayal of detective work and the title is appropriate.
I like it, too! My book Cat's-Paw, Inc., is also a PI novel and it has a bullethole-through-glass picture on the cover. One of those "great minds think alike" things. (It's a picture I found on Shutterstock and a relative modified it for the cover.)

L. L. Thrasher

Edited by: thrasherll on Nov 1, 2017 10:26 PM
Corrected the misspelling of my own book's title
C. Gold

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 10:27 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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I think I know the exact pic you mean. I don't write thrillers so I didn't get it, but I could imagine it as a great cover.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 12:46 PM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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I have never understood, nor will I ever understand, authors who want to skimp on covers.

The cover is the face of your book. The cover is what gets you ad clicks. If your cover is junk, you could be the next J.K. Rowling, and no one will ever know, because no one will click on your darn book!

For heaven's sake, hire someone who knows what they are doing! You don't have to spend a grand. There's fiverr. There are plenty of independent cover artists. You can get an OK cover with stock imagery for $50, and an outstanding custom cover with unique, hand-drawn art for under $400. Unless you are a pro yourself, messing around with discount graphics software in an attempt to make your own cover will only produce a cover that looks like some amateur drew it using discount graphics software. Think twice and thrice!
Heather Sealey

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:01 PM   in response to: Diane Pratt in response to: Diane Pratt
 
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I don't know if this is useful, but I that happens to me when I download a single cover from Canva, never when I download more than one, the "save" option comes up then. Now I just copy the cover, download both and save one. I'm probably stupid and there's a better way, but I'm exceedingly bad witrh technology.
Diane Pratt

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 2:39 PM   in response to: Heather Sealey in response to: Heather Sealey
 
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Heather, thank you. I learned today that I need to download as a JPG, open that with Paint, then I can “Save as”. It works for single uploads. Thanks again and good luck!
Joseph A Congel

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 10:41 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
 
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I agree - I've done some research since I first posted this inquiry regarding what I would like to do with covers going forward. Have you or anyone else used the site SelfPubBookCovers.com? They seem to have a pretty big selection of covers in all genres. I was thinking about biting the bullet and spending the money on a premade cover for my next book, instead of messing around with the 'piece it together yourself' method I've been using.

Joe

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 10:51 PM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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One thing that is totally necessary is to reduce it to thumbnail size to see what it looks like. If the text isn't readable make it larger. If the cover looks a bit dull brighten it up. The reason is that probably 70-80% of buyers go to the thumbnail top 100 pages where there are 20 thumbnail pics per page. If yours doesn't stand out they will not click on it. I've done serious tests on this to the point where I increased the sales of one of my books by 300% by inserting a totally colorful cover.

James
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Joseph A Congel

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 10:57 PM   in response to: jamesfc in response to: jamesfc
 
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Good information! That makes a lot of sense. I will make certain to do just that before finalizing any cover going forward.

Thanks!
Joe
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 8:35 AM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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I went to Ebook Launch and paid for premium covers. I am a very demanding customer, and I wanted exactly what I wanted, regardless of how difficult it was for the artist to square the circle between war propaganda poster and book illustration. I got what I paid for. Best marketing decision I ever made.

If you want things done right -- hire a well-regarded professional. It's that simple.
John Aitken

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Re: Hello fellow authors - question about covers
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 5:51 AM   in response to: Joseph A Congel in response to: Joseph A Congel
 
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There is too much carry on about ebook covers. I have a series under a pen name. Half the titles have covers I designed myself using Kindle Cover Creator. For the other half of the series I have used professional pre-made covers. There is no difference in sales.

Best wishes,
J.A.
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