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Old 04-07-2013, 07:13 AM
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Ok I have a question for all indie authors on here - when you get your book published, do you do the cover yourself, use the tools provided by the publisher or get someone to do it for you or pay to get it done??

I know for a fact that book covers are important, doesn't matter about getting your synopsis perfect to entice people if your book cover doesn't grab the reader first. I know it should be 'Don't judge a book by its cover' but all readers do in this day and age.

Well if any indies out there want cheap book covers I'm not too badly prices and I've worked for a couple authors recently!

Please check me out - darkphreakarts.co.uk

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:39 AM
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I say buy a cover. I know people who will do flawless work for 50$.

Othewise check this out its a DIY page.

http://aliannedonnelly.com/2013/04/0...ers-and-tools/
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I make them for 30 myself! I've seen people who make them theirselves ... I think if you have the talent then yes but if you haven't, you are letting your book down!
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Being a complete techno idiot, I just say 'yes' to whatever my publisher cover artist decides.

Saying that, if I went the self-pub way, I'd probably pay. I'd screw it up just attempting to design it myself.

DarkP, your covers and banners look really good. You thought of working with a publisher? I know a few who are looking for cover artists

I'd just chack your website, though, the first para is blended in with part of the heading (at least on my link).
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Did all of mine myself. But many people just don't have the tools or the skills or the artistic ability to make their own covers. That's when they need to go to someone for help.
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In order to make my book a bestseller and a must read for all ages, my cover will simply be a photo of me striking a pose similiar to Michelangelo's David.
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Ditto... Anything from my facebook profile lot should work right? lol
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Ditto... Anything from my facebook profile lot should work right? lol
Absolutely guaranteed no1 on the amazon download list, imo.
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@DarkPhreak

One suggestion.

Do not use so many stylish fonts for the covers.

It took me 3 seconds to figure out what is the title on your covers with the dark backgrounds.

Make them simple bold and big.

If it is online or on a book shelf, the title should be readable from far away or people will just skip your book.
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For my self-published books, I create my own covers. I use GIMP and stock images from Fotolia, iStockPhoto or SXC.hu (those are free). It took a few months of playing around with it, but I think I have the process down now =) There are very good cover artists out there that won't put you in debt. If you're not comfortable doing your own cover, I strongly suggest hiring someone. Covers have a huge impact on readers and can make or break your sales. Check out Victoria Miller. She is a friend of mine and very talented. She does cover art for multiple publishing houses and also freelances for very reasonable prices.
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Originally Posted by wickedsunny View Post
@DarkPhreak

One suggestion.

Do not use so many stylish fonts for the covers.

It took me 3 seconds to figure out what is the title on your covers with the dark backgrounds.

Make them simple bold and big.

If it is online or on a book shelf, the title should be readable from far away or people will just skip your book.
Thanks, but in a lot of cases it's not my decision on the font, it's the authors and what they want!
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Originally Posted by DarkPhreak View Post
Thanks, but in a lot of cases it's not my decision on the font, it's the authors and what they want!
To some extent that's true, but there is a way to use fancy fonts and still have them stand out. There was a fantastic blog post I read a while back about how cover artists and movie poster designers catch your attention right off the bat. One of the biggest things was contrast and colors. I wish I still had that link. It was brilliant advice for cover artists and designers =) Essentially, if the background is dark, use light fonts. If it's busy, use bold, simple fonts. If there are a lot of colors, use a black/metallic font... Really great stuff. But I can't find the link anywhere =(
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If you e-publish, can you put whatever you want on the cover? I want to put a photograph I took of what might be a ghost in my window.
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If you e-publish, can you put whatever you want on the cover? I want to put a photograph I took of what might be a ghost in my window.
If you are self-publishing, then yes. You can put whatever you want on your cover because you are your own boss =) The question would be, though, whether it fits the book, whether it meshes well within your genre, and how it would stand out against all the other covers in the genre. They say not to judge a book by the cover, but most people, I think, still do.

Something personal like that might be really neat for you as the author, but keep in mind the cover is the one static piece of promotion and marketing you will have. Will you still like it three months from now? Will it help you sell more books?
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Greetings Writers,

My WIP is a prescriptive self-help ms. Nearly all nonfiction jackets have
blurbs.

I want to have blurbs and endorsements from experts in hand prior to
submitting queries to agents. I know many personally. In order for
the expert to write the blurb, each would require part of my WIP.
What parts are to be sent:
synopsis, proposal, introduction, chapter summaries, outline, initial
chapter, etc?

Regards,

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Indeed, asking is savvy.
I was enquiring about the typical convention. It seems the norm is to
provide the experts with the entire ms.
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