Self-publishing 101: Get a Good Cover

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There’s so much more to self-publishing than just the words.

As a self-published writer myself, I know what it’s like. Sometimes, it feels like the writing is the easy part.

Words just flow from you and onto the page (on a good day), and it’s all very natural. The other parts of self-publishing? Not so much.

You have the editing, the formatting, the cover – all things that are very important, but it’s a steep learning curve if you’ve never done anything like that before. There are services out there to help you with this, but it can get expensive quickly.

Sometimes people try to do it themselves, with varying results. On Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you’ll see covers that are just blank squares with Times New Roman spelling out the title, maybe a bit of clipart. It looks so unprofessional, and it’s devastating to sales. No matter how good the contents might be, potential readers are not going to click on that cover to read the preview, never mind buy the book. These writers are people who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on custom covers, but when it comes down to it, you need a good cover or your book is going nowhere.

That’s why I created The Book Cover Store: for writers who wanted quality, eye-catching book covers but who didn’t have a huge budget. I have years of experience in illustration and design, so I decided to put it to good use. And thus the site was born. To create good value, good looking covers that will get your work noticed.

I enjoy designing covers. Putting together photos and fonts, adding texture and colour. Bringing the final pieces together to create a book cover. It’s so satisfying to create something that looks good, that could make a real difference to an author’s sales.

You’ve spent a long time getting your book perfect. Don’t let it down with a weak cover.