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~Authors: Do Your own Book Covers and Save $$$~

Updated on November 1, 2014

Three covers designed at Createspace

This one has the '"Bulge effect"
This one has the '"Bulge effect" | Source
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This was the art on the older graphics program
This was the art on the older graphics program | Source
Amara designed this at Createspace
Amara designed this at Createspace | Source

Make your own Covers or Find some Help?

Covers and titles make a big difference. I will admit I have yet to figure it all out, however I have learned a few things that I can pass along. I imagine that paying a professional cover artist to do a cover could very well solve the problem. When you visit Createaspace, one of the options is to have a professional artist do it for you. Simply check the box , make the payment and you'll have something in a day or so. If you belong to a authors' community like Wattpad, You can tell your fellow authors you want help on a cover and you will probably have something in a jiffy.

In that you are a creative person, it is very likely you will want to try it yourself. Heck--you figure the worse thing that could happen is that it looks terrible and then you can put out the word you need help.

Let's get Started

For the most part, having a good photo to work with is half the battle. I use the simple Microsoft paint program and I do know that a better program would probably do a better job in adding the lettering. Createspace, the Amazon print division has a helpful free program and that can solve a lot of problems. You can sign up and then use the free cover making tool. They provide a wide range of photos and cover templates. You can calculate that you may experiment to your heart’s content as long as you never finish the project. One nice feature is that you can copy your half done cover at Createspace and then move it to your art program on your computer.

For the missile cover I found they had a photo of the space shuttle and then I was able to use most of it and replaced the shuttle with the three missiles in my Microsoft paint. For the capitol building I had an old photo to play around with and ended up with a template at Createspace that seemed to work fairly well.

Then I purchased a newer computer with an upgraded paint program. The result is the cover at the top of the page. It was great when the "Fill" function actually worked and I was able to blacken the sky. One of the effects was "bulge" and I used that to distort the lettering and I like it. The thought is that the missiles are causing the lettering to break up.

Goodreads

Once you have two covers you can go to Goodreads and set your covers in a single advertising program and they will send you daily graphs of the response to your covers and short description. The ads can be purchased for as little as ten cents and thousands of readers will see your cover and ad copy. You can update your ads at any time. If something isn’t working you can update it and then you do need to wait a day while their staff approves the changes.

I’m only a few days into Goodreads, and am surprised how little this is costing me. The readers are supposed to add your book to their reading shelf and then one day they will purchase it and write a review.

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Update on Goodreads.

There seems to be a lot of numbers generated and a lot of the readers appear to be interested, however it doesn't appear that many sales are made from the efforts there. Plan for your book to have a shelf-life much like a newspaper or magazine. After a few months or so, the readers will move on to the new offerings and show less interest in your book. That is when it is time to start another book. Plan to place the older books in your catalogue as the new books will draw the most attention and then readers will take a look at your catalogue and make purchases.

If anyone has suggestions, please use the comment to correspond. Please indicate which cover has the most appeal too.

Thank you.

See my Book covers at Amazon

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    • Richawriter profile image

      Richard J ONeill 17 months ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Reynold Jay,

      Thanks for that valuable info (and the valuable support for my story).

      I think the first cover is the best. I see what you were doing there with the bulge. It gives the effect of the combustion pushing the words off the cover. Pretty creative!

      I have several more parts of the zombie story to come, already written. I just wanted to see what kind of comments it would get before throwing it all out there. Luckily, Flickr has lots of great images for my characters, and of course the quote feature on hubpages is great too.

      Thanks again.

      Richard

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Ana--thank you for picking a fav cover. I do use it on the book 2 of th4e series. Glad you stopped by today.

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      Ana Kolomeka 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I liked the cover with the bulge and the missiles.

      Thank you for the Goodreads info. I already knew about CreateSpace, having used their covers for my books. They have excellent choices.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Bobbi, Yep--I ended up at Creataspace last night with a project. Thank you for the G+ and the re-pin board.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Great information and is it current for making a cover for a book?

      I am sure this will help a lot of writers,

      Bobbi Purvis

      I will share this with Twitter, G+ and Pin on my Re-pin board.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi McBride, The Cover making templates at CreateaSpace are really quite amazing. Thank you for taking time to stop by. In that I don't participate at HUBS that much now makes a comment like yours a rare event. Thank you.

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      Lisa Kroulik 2 years ago from Minnesota

      You are so right! I learned the hard way there is no need to pay someone to create a book cover for me.

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thanks for the vote and I hope this HUB helps a bit. Other HUBS by others talk about this too.

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      Lateral3 5 years ago

      Hi Reynold

      The capitol looks more professional but the missiles fit the title.

      I've been thinking of kindle for a while now. Your hubs are certainly encouraging. Thanks.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Riverview, Florida

      Thanks RJ will do.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Riverview, Florida

      Thank you RJ. I would appreciate any feedback you can provide. Congratulations on your success with Amazon. I would like to send you the premise of my book for your thoughts. Is there an email address I can send it to?

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I will appreciate the review and I want you to send me your drafts on your book . You found a writing buddy here. RJ

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      Bill 5 years ago from Riverview, Florida

      Hello RJ. I found you through another HUB. I enjoy political thrillers and serial reads. My favorite series is Marines by Web Griffin. I will purchase you book and write a review for you after I finish it. I recently started writing on Hubpages and I enjoy it very much. It is my intention to write a book and have it published by next summer. I have what I feel is a great premise based on my Air Force career, travels to other countries, life experiences and unique situation that presents itself here in Tampa. I signed up for CreateSpace and look forward to the challenge. I look forward to reading more of your HUB's and growing as a writer. I voted for the cover with the government building as I feel our government will be a key factor in the world's future. Great stuff. Thanks.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Hi Reynold. The cover with the missiles does it for me.

      Thanks for the info re "Goodreads". I think I might find that very useful for promoting my book. Every little helps.