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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Volition: An Extra-Terrestrial Incident


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The CIA has made contact with being from another world.

Joined by a select group of DARPA scientists, they are scheduled to make contact somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Their objective is to exchange technology for live bodies. This meeting, however, has not gone unnoticed.  For RED Team, an ultra-covert unit affiliated with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, all the years of preparation and development are about to pay off with the capture and control of an alien spacecraft.  All systems are go to launch their top secret weapon.

Target acquisition is achieved and the electromagnetic pulse beam is fired.

Caught in the confluence of events, an unlikely pair have once again been brought together by aliens. Twenty-four years has passed since their last encounter with the Greys. Now, marijuana cultivator, Larry Beckman and local Sheriff, Dresden Vanover are determined to prevent another abduction. RED Team’s operation comes at the worst possible time for the CIA and DARPA scientists who have established a symbiotic relationship with the Greys.

While shields are down, the alien starship is hit by the pulse of energy, and the unsuspecting craft falters and crash lands on a remote high sierra mountainside. RED Team is now tasked with the recovery of the giant disc shaped craft. Meanwhile, a distress signal is sent and the race is on pitting RED Team against the ruthless Reptilian Hunter/Killer squadron deployed to assist the marooned aliens, using all force necessary to protect them.

Sheriff Vanover and Larry Beckman are detoured to the scene of the CIA and the alien rendezvous by a reporting Deputy. Once onsite, Beckman and Vanover find the area deserted except for their long missing childhood friend and he’s asking for help for his comrade, an alien Grey named Oro. As a result of their actions, they are left with a decision that could alter both their lives forever.

Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Published: July 07, 2015
Words: 77,060
Language: English

Available at Amazon and Smashwords


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The Five Kingdoms of Severi


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In a time of peace and treaties, the five kingdoms of Severi lay unguarded and open to the dark hearts of man. Terdune, a neighboring land that had been at constant war with Severi, was defeated over twenty years ago. All threats were eradicated and its lands left without a ruler. Now a new evil reigns in Terdune and slowly makes its way to its adjacent sister.

When Edwin’s village is attacked, he is forced to travel halfway across the second kingdom to the King’s Hold. Along the way he must learn the true power of the gifts that were bestowed upon him and discover the meaning of the dreaded fate attached to them.

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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 Seraph’s Son


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Cole Belle is an aviator with a wounded soul. Overwhelmed with guilt over a crash that took innocent lives, he seeks atonement through a self-imposed exile that finds him on a remote Alaskan outpost. He is resolved to fill the remainder of his days off the beaten path living the solitary existence of a bush pilot. However, fate often has other plans.
One day Cole receives word that his long thought Killed-in-Action father, Raven Belle has only recently died and has bequeathed his entire fortune to his only son. But there’s something beyond the perfunctory bequeathal of a financial fortune and vast real estate holdings. His estranged father has left him with an unfathomable legacy that he is reluctant to comprehend, let alone accept.
Cole embarks down a path seeking answers and clarity. He meets the executor and close confidant of his late father who tells a dubious tale filled with angels and demons. Moreover, he explains his father was more than just a man, he was a warrior. A combatant with supernatural abilities belonging to the oldest army known to mankind – A front line soldier in St. Michael the Archangel’s Seraphic Army, charged with exterminating the minions of Satan in their most heinous and deadly manifestations.
The Seraph’s Son is a tale of a broken man’s journey from agnostic sensibility to resolved comprehension and finally acceptance of his own fate.

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