How to Make a Book Cover Even if You Lack Artistic Abilities!
How to make a book cover is a common question many writers ask when they get to the point where they are ready to publish their book. It can be a very tedious process, especially if you are planning on self-publishing your fiction, but it isn't impossible.
Perhaps hiring someone to design a book cover can be too expensive for you? Maybe you simply can't afford the photo editing software required for designing your own book cover? Or, what if you lack the artistic mindset to create killer book cover graphics by yourself?
This has personally been a very big hurdle with my books, but with a little time and effort, you can create a great book cover that properly compliments your book. The best thing is, I haven't paid out a penny for any of my book covers.
You have an artistic ability as a writer, but it is mostly with words. So, your goal is to create a decent book cover that doesn't cost much to produce and looks good enough to sell your book, but still using your built-in abilities as a writer. You just have to tap a little deeper into your creative mind.
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Your main focus and emphasis will be on your book's title. When you think of how to make a book cover, what do you see on every book cover out there? The title of a book is on the cover, and so is a by-line. That is a great place to start.
When considering how to make a book cover, the title of a book gives a basic description of what your book is about in either one word or a small phrase. It should captivate your reader's eye immediately; it should make them want to read it; it should make them want to know more of what your book is all about.
Learn more about how to write a book title for your book if you are having trouble with your title.
Once you have an awesome title for your book, open up your word processing program and type it out along with your name (your by-line). Play around with different fonts and font sizes. Don't use plain fonts unless it is appropriate for your type of book. Try to use a font that fits the time frame or theme of your story. Just remember to make it a legible font and make your by-line smaller than the title as to not distract from it.
Great news for you if you use CreateSpace.com or Lulu.com for your self-publishing needs. They offer free book cover designs with their publishing suite. There aren't a whole lot of designs to choose from, but for most applications, they help create a good book cover and it doesn't cost you a dime.
SIDE NOTE: Unless you are a very popular author like Stephen King, your name should be smaller than the title. Once your name starts selling your books, then you can make the font size of your name the same as your title.
Another consideration with how to make a book cover is to think of a color that corresponds with your book's theme. A book's theme is the main picture people get when they read the book. Examples of themes are love equals red and death equals black. The theme should have a corresponding color. The theme color you choose will be the background color for your cover.
If you feel bold, if there is a particular scene in your book that has a corresponding picture (a barroom, a mountain, a river...), you can use that for your cover instead of just a plain color. Pictures tend to give the reader an image of a scene within your book so when they read it, they can get a better picture in their mind of what's going on.
You should always use original pictures (ones that you took with your own personal camera or have written permission to use) as to not infringe on other people's photo copyrights. Google.com has a great advanced image search that can filter for pictures that offer "reuse" or "share" rights. Just be sure to take note of any special instructions such as giving the photographer credit for the picture.
After you have a title, font, and background, choose a complimentary color for the title and by-line font. This color, when looking at the cover, should stick out so people can read it easily.
Continuing on with how to make a book cover, make sure your book cover is one page, no more, no less, and ensure it is the same size as your book. If you do have a photo editing program, you can do all of these processes in those programs, but if you did it in a word processor, you will have to modify the margins of the cover page only.
All word processing programs have margins. It may look funny on your book if you have color for your cover, then have it surrounded by a white border. A way you can minimize this is to narrow the borders of the cover page to as small as they can go using the page set up option. You can also place a boarder around your pages using the Format Borders and Shading function.
Work with it to see how it works with your cover. If it looks good, you are done.
Your book cover doesn't have to be perfect the first time. That's what revisions are for. Don't let your cover hold you back from getting your book into print and for sale. Go with what you have to get your book into the printing presses, then modify it as necessary. This is a great advantage with self-publishing in that you can revise your work after it is published with no hassle.
You may still have some questions about how to make a book cover. That's okay! It's difficult to fully grasp the idea for the first time, especially if you haven't worked with this type of art design. Learn how to make a book cover using freelancers and professionals that will do the work for you.
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