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ebook cover art

Postby lesliemunnelly » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:41 pm

I've been searching premade book covers on-line but haven't found the perfect one yet. Not sure if I'll actually self-publish my baby, but I'm thinking about it. To keep the cost down, I'm not interested in custom work...I think - might have to reconsider that one since the cover is key to book sales. Any suggestions for a great cover? I'm looking for something that has a little bit of nature mixed with either a contemporary woman in distress or a romantic scene between a man and woman. Thanks for your input! Leslie

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Re: ebook cover art

Postby wondo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:35 am

I have been looking at your post for days now, feeling a bit guilty about not replying. I guess I don't really have much input on this as I design my own covers. They were crappy at first and still not first class but are getting much better. I guess I would have a problem with premade ones because they might possibly be "cookie cutter" designs. I haven't seen them so maybe I am wrong. My feeling is that if you can't afford an artist (I can't) then you have to learn to do them yourself. Remember, just because you designed a stinker, it doesn't have to be permanent. Keep improving and changing the cover, blurb, etc until you are satisfied. Don't be afraid to experiment.
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Re: ebook cover art

Postby pls » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:26 am

I design my own award-losing covers, too, using PhotoShop and InDesign. However, decent artists abound on the web, and I've seen a number of posts by competent artists on several Facebook author groups. You might track them down via Facebook, which has served me well as a vital networking tool.
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Postby wondo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:20 am

Meantime you are getting sales. At some point you may be able to get an artist. Then you can upgrade the covers and get more sales from the improved covers. As I said, this is a long term process.
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Re: ebook cover art

Postby gesler0811 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:59 am

I would imagine you know at least one photoshop guru in your circle of friends/loved ones who would be willing to give it a shot for you.

For my upcoming self-published novel, that's exactly what I did. I contacted one of my friends who loves to work in photoshop and he was thrilled to give it a shot. He has no experience with book covers, but he knows his photoshop, and I started forwarding him links to other books on amazon that had covers I really liked, and asked him if he could emulate such covers. I gave him a rough idea of what I was thinking for the design, and he contacted me shortly thereafter with an in-progress cover that looks like it could be really great.

Since I'm going through smashwords, it's just the front cover. There's no back cover and/or spine to worry about, although I am going to do a print edition as well, and will tap him for that cover too. You might benefit from a similar trype of arrangement.




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Re: ebook cover art

Postby jbcameron » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:01 pm

I might also suggest that you try perusing the art styles of folks on DeviantART (http://www.deviantart.com/) to see if anything jumps out at you. Many of the artists there are willing to work on commission (http://commission-central.deviantart.com/).
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Re: ebook cover art

Postby b.sherman » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:03 pm

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Postby gesler0811 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:40 pm

Yes, I was pretty set on what I wanted, and my friend delivered. He's getting a free copy for sure :D
Anyway, here it is, and let me just tell you I'm super excited! I'll be publishing on Smashwords and Createspace in April.

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Re: ebook cover art

Postby PianoAl » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:48 am

Perfect!
Feel free to correct my spelling, punctuation, or grammar.

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Re: ebook cover art

Postby pls » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:19 am

This is a great cover - especially for a first-timer.
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