Make Your Own Ebook Cover


When do authors make their own ebook covers? There are a lot of answers to this. The obvious first answer is finances: some authors simply cannot or *do not* want to invest in their book by paying for a professional, marketable cover. It happens. I myself started out making book covers by having to make my own, which bled into making book covers for other people through Smashwords.

Another answer is control. There are authors out there that feel like they must control simply everything regarding their baby. I have even had the odd client who – and I am not exaggerating here – would measure distances with a ruler on their monitor and ask me to make the most minute changes. Many times these authors feel they should make their own covers, too.

Another reason would be that the cover artists, as talented as they are, simply cannot achieve the vision in the author’s head for that perfect cover. The author then ends up doing it themselves out of personal necessity. This might have something to do with control, but it more lends itself to artistic vision.

At the risk of hurting business, I thought I would share a secret that many indie authors know about today. It’s an old article discussing how to use Word to make your own ebook cover. It will help you floundering creative minds that need an answer to your cover problem, especially if you don’t know how to use the programs I and my comrade use when we set to work for you. But I’m not going to share it without some warnings.

  1. If you have never made a book cover before or aren’t willing to at least spend hours (and I mean hours) studying how the professional book covers in the bookstore look, be prepared to make a terrible book cover. Be prepared for that book cover to chase potential readers away. (People really do judge a book by its cover.)
    1. Wanna see some terrible book covers to give you inspiration? Try Lousy Book Covers. They’re great at keeping up with the horrible end of the ebook spectrum.
  2. Try to understand how book covers for your particular book genre actually look. Yes, there are guidelines to it. These guidelines are in place so your potential reader can look at your cover and think, “Ah! It’s a romance!” etc etc. Please learn them. People really DO judge a book by its cover!
  3. Beware of copyright issues with the images you choose!!
  4. Do not be surprised if the cover you make is too small as per ebook aggregator (such as Smashwords) guidelines. Make sure things are big enough!
  5. And finally, be prepared to end up spending money on someone who knows what they’re doing sooner or later. There are a lot of authors who start out making their own cover only to come to us and ask for a new one.

Why, you may ask, am I willing to share this information, to help people to do things themselves, and to cut our business a bit?

Just like before, there are multiple answers to this. First of all, and the least obvious answers, is that I like it when people learn how to fly on their own. Independence is good.

Second of all, sometimes I and my partner end up too swamped to take clients. I’m not afraid to admit we’re very popular. Some of those clients don’t want to go to anyone else. Perhaps this information will help them.

The remaining reasons are less professional sounding answers, and they’re not important here. Except for one. There is one reason that’s not the biggest reason, but it’s a thing that will get you blacklisted around these here parts. It’s incredibly unprofessional for someone to come to us with a horrible book cover, agree to our price, and then tell us they can’t afford us after seeing the design only to go off and repeat that design themselves. Or, more commonly, have hired someone else at the same time and go with that other person’s design instead.

I feel that authors who play that game may not to do so if they know a little bit of what they’re doing in the first place. Therefore at the bottom of this article is a link to a very very good article to help people out. I know that the majority of authors genuinely can use this advice and truly deserve the help. And it will be good to see you guys fly on your own.

(As a shameless self-plug, I would like to also point out that we still run premadecovers4u.com, which has a lot of artwork by former partners that realized they just liked making premade covers. And they’re all waiting for you.)

Anyway, let’s see what magic you guys can create!

http://www.creativindie.com/how-to-make-your-own-free-ebook-cover-in-ms-word-that-will-blow-people-away/

 

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Frank Crowe: The Dam Builder Who Changed the Face of the Earth


coverIt’s an epic period of American history – the building of the Hoover Dam. See life through the eyes of folks from all walks of life who built the Dam; travel 21 miles on Death’s Highway, to Sin City, Las Vegas where legal gambling, whorehouses and cold beer await.

Building the Hoover Dam led America and the world out of the Great Depression. Seemingly foreshadowed with the death of worker John G. Tierney from the beginning, it end with the death ofPatrick W. Tierney, thirteen years to the day in the same river. From Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, seven American Presidents were personally involved in the building of the Dam. Larger than the Pyramids, more complex than the Great Wall of China, the Hoover Dam helped populate the western United States. America became the bread basket of the world. This dam controls floods and drought in seven states, provides electricity, fresh drinking water to irrigate 1/4 million square miles of new farm land. The weight of the water behind the dam moved planet earth a fraction out of balance.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/404800

Shadow Blossom


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Sequel to “The Dragonscale” in “The Arbedenion Trilogy.”

The story continues thirty years later…

After her plans to destroy the Elven race are thwarted, Vampire Queen Gicessa spends time gathering together her army and unleashes her fury at another race. The Elves prepare for battle, and all looks well when Selkina marries for an alliance, until things go awry.
With new armies against them, the Elves are vastly outnumbered, especially when the dragons leave their realm. Their last hope is to trust in the appearance of an ancient legend. Legend states that she only appears when she’s needed most, and the Elven race depends on it now. Will she appear? Or is Shadow Blossom merely a legend?


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How I Discovered God


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You could just be one step away from Discovering Who God Is.

Like any guy would Happy Zhou dreamed of a life full of financial success. After experiencing many challenges in his early twenties, one failed business attempt including a failed relationship, his life took a new turn for the best. As a student at a high profile university in Australia, he discovered his passion for different things. One discovery opened up a whole new world beyond what he had dreamed of. There was a different world out there that even he never knew existed until that fateful day when he Discovered Who God Is.

“I used to believe that I knew God just because I went to church once every week and that I was saved when I did just this. It was not until I had a first-hand, personal encounter with the Father (God in Heaven) that I experienced a life transformation”, says Happy.

Many more discoveries came after this, which led him to share this story. At one point in the story Happy heard God speak to him, and gave him a clear instruction. More than a true life story, How I Discovered God shares the best solution to living the fulfilling life. Like Him, you could just be one step away from Discovering Who God Is and living a life you always dreamed of but never had. This story will show you The Way to finding the real meaning of all your life.


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The Truth About The Healthcare Industry


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The Truth About The Healthcare Industry, is it is an Oligopoly, an Industry, with very high costs and low quality of service. The book looks at the last 30 years and explains how this industry has stolen $21 trillion, through false billings, accounting fraud, kickbacks and restrained trade by using economic duress. As this industry expanded, it damaged other industries, especially the manufacturing industry, which closed 75,000 companies and caused the loss of 7 million manufacturing jobs. The book shows that the government has known for some time, has covered up the illegal practices, especially the IRS. The presumption that the private insurance companies’ contracts supersede the patient’s contract is false, because of the substantive legal requirements of the Parole evidence rule.

The book presents a solution to the problem, which will cut healthcare cost in half, eliminate state taxes for Medicaid, move 1.5 trillion a year into other industries, increase salaries, thereby increasing tax revenues. The new system will not increase government spending but use the existing expenditures for all healthcare programs, the book presents several countries, which have gone to a single payer system and spend less than half per capita than the United States. The facts show we can move to a single payer system in this country, with no increase in taxes and eliminate all private health insurance premiums.


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