This post is primarily for those of you who are self publishers.
Your work is complete and you’re ready to publish it on Amazon. You just need one more thing. A cover.
If you’re like me you really want to design the cover yourself. I subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud which means I have all of the Adobe software at my fingertips. The only problem is … they’re my fingertips.
Let me give you an example. I just published a public domain work One Thousand Miles of Miracle in China by A. E. Glover. This book tells the story of a missionary family in China during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. It’s a fascinating story of people facing great danger and relying upon God. The book is in the public domain but it’s difficult to get on Amazon for a reasonable price so I edited it and made it available on in the Kindle Store for 99 cents. But I needed a cover.
There were dozens of photographs in the book and I had my trusty little Photoshop software waiting to be used so I dove into the project. I spent several days and made multiple revisions. I think I ended up producing seven or eight covers until I finally found the one that I liked.
I used one of the family photos that was in the book and exercised my Photoshop skills to remove the background and make it transparent so I could put it over a purchased stock photo of China. Then I adjusted the colors and resolution of the photo, threw in some wonderful title letters, added the author’s name and my name at the bottom, and ended up with this …
Hey, my wife liked it.
I actually posted it to Amazon. It hurt me to look at it.
So I did what I should have done at the beginning. I hired a cover designer.
I hired pixel studio through Fiverr and for $10 had them produce the cover design. This is what they came up with:
When should you hire a cover designer? As soon as you realize you need a cover. It will save you a lot of time and if you’re fortunate to find a designer like I did it, you will end up with a beautiful cover.