Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Doing the cover design for your ebook

Doing the cover design for your ebook

Keeping it simple (or at least I will try to from now on!)

I seem to have spent way too much time messing about with my cover designs, so I thought I may as well do a post about it too.

Basically, for each story I tried to create an image that would capture at least a part of the main theme, while also including something that would catch the eye or help a potential reader notice my books.

After a long and occasionally awkward  process (I had to ask the graphic designer to amend a few things due to the fact that I can be pretty dopey / indecisive at times), I finally narrowed the process down to this:

1. Brainstorm / doodle a few images.
2. Sketch the final choice.
3. Send it to someone who can do ‘vector graphics’ on adobe illustrator (I don’t have the patience to learn it myself!).
4. Ask for any revisions.
5. Send the .ai file to a graphic designer.
6. Make sure it is a jpeg with 1600x2400 and 72dpi, and again ask for revisions if necessary (or in my case whenever I realise I’ve made a mistake – see the ‘pooh versus poo’ post!)
7. Upload it with your book to be published (for instance on Kindle Direct Publishing or Smashwords).
8. Add the image on Pinterest, Flickr, Goodreads, your facebook page and twitter feed, or wherever else you so choose.

One obvious piece of advice which some people still fail to follow is to never start the design process until the story has finished being written – as stories can evolve and the cover can become a bit of a distraction too. If you're in a rush, you can use the design time to further edit your story.

To find a good, affordable designer I suggest shopping around on Fiverr to see who suits what you're looking for. You could even send the same gig to a few different sellers and whoever seems to be the most skilled and cooperative, you can then use them more exclusively in the future.

Fiverr - best cover illustrators and designers
Fiverr - best for cover illustrators and designers
Fiverr is a great resource that can offer real value for money - from what I could find, anywhere else appeared rather expensive for pretty much the same service, relatively speaking...

I can personally recommend a few, though of course please don't hold me responsible if they don't quite suit you as well as they did me:

Artists for the image / illustration:

Rissa88 (who turned my rubbish sketch into a cool and funny cartoon):

Cool vector graphic designs on Fiverr
Billbig (see an example of his work below):

Great Adobe Illustrator on Fiverr
Cover designer:

Fluxydesign (great style and service):
Excellent book cover designer

As an example of how I did one of my covers (in a rather around about sort of way), this is the process I followed for ‘The Poo Princess’:

new version cover design drawing
With a little help from a friend, I changed it to something a reader might recognise!
vector graphic adobe illustrator print out
I sent it to another illustrator and this is what he did with it - much better!
ebook cover design for kindle
The cover designer then did her thing and I was very happy with the final product!
Too bad I have to alter it yet again due to the Pooh versus Poo controversy! Ah well, at least the change will be just in time for my 'Smell of Poo' children's book collection on 'createspace'  ;-)

And here is the final version:
smell of poo princess allerton
The final version!
If you have any advice or recommendations of your own, feel free to share them here...

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