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Offline RBC Reading Trust No One: X-Files by Jonathan Maberry
24 Aug 2017, 10:00 AM | Post: #1

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Book Cover Design Resources/Tips

This post was last modified: 24 Aug 2017 09:39 PM by RBC.
If you are an author who's interested in DIY covers or at least learning a bit about what makes a good cover so here are some useful articles with advice and tips on it.

5 Ways a Book Cover Could Hurt Sales — And How to Fix It
https://insights.bookbub.com...

How to Design a Book Cover if you are not a Designer
https://mashadutoit.com...

Making or Breaking a Book Cover: Font Choices
http://wordquill.com...

10 Golden Rules You Should Live By When Combining Fonts: Tips From a Designer
https://designschool.canva.com...

How to Suck at Typography
http://www.courtneymilan.com...

4 Different Ways to Brand Book Covers for Series
http://www.RockingBookCovers.com...

Book Cover Design Checklist (18 Things to Know Before Getting a Book Cover)
http://www.rockingbookcovers.com...
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24 Aug 2017, 08:21 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Book Cover Design Resources/Tips

Thanks RBC - very interesting set of links.
Offline RBC Reading Trust No One: X-Files by Jonathan Maberry
25 Aug 2017, 05:03 PM | Post: #3

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No problems! It's an important topic and needs more education about it.
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30 Aug 2017, 04:46 PM | Post: #4

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This post was last modified: 30 Aug 2017 04:48 PM by @GCarlD.
(25 Aug 2017 05:03 PM)RBC Wrote: Wrote:  No problems! It's an important topic and needs more education about it.

I agree. DIY covers should only be used if you intend to release books just as a hobby, with no intent on generating sales or publicity.

If you are an author with an intent of promoting your books, gaining and growing an audience and generating sales, then you are working as a professional and should treat your books the same, with professional design (cover and interior typesetting, layouts etc). Your books are an investment, not an expenditure - You get out what you put into your work. Contrary to popular belief, consumers do judge a book by its cover and find it is very easy to tell an unprofessional DIY book cover from a professional design.
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This post was last modified: 01 Sep 2017 08:41 PM by RBC.
I wrote an overview of what are book cover design prices in 2017 for Indies. It's based on Google searches, Reedsy and my own observation when I see other cover designers' prices:

http://www.rockingbookcovers.com...

Good note, the range is big and any budget can get a cover. At least a decent one starts at around $150 I'd say. Risky below that but even that can sometimes work.

FYI, most expensive cover designer I've found is charging $3750 per cover (working with big Publishers).
Dark and Gritty Book Cover Designs for Self-Publishing Authors - http://www.RockingBookCovers.com
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04 Sep 2017, 06:08 PM | Post: #6

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In the UK the cost of a professional book cover designed by an experienced, fully qualified designer would start at no less than £250. That is about $324.

But why only focus on the book cover design? Yes, it is the most important part of a book in order to draw attention, but authors should also consider the interior design, layout and typesetting of their books, as it is the inside of the book where readers will be spending most of their time after all. Authors, do you know exactly how to accurately set up your manuscript in book format for print and digital e-book? Or to make a fully functional contents page for example (required for e-books). From my experience, most authors just type out their stories in MS Word and upload the document to which ever self-publishing site they choose, none the wiser...

For $3750 (Approx. £2900) an author should expect a professional book cover designed to the highest standard for print and digital e-book, the full interior of their book taken care of as mentioned above, and I'd even go as far as to say full editing and proof-reading service included.

Great thread!
Offline RBC Reading Trust No One: X-Files by Jonathan Maberry
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Here is another good read about cover design. This one has some nice Before/After examples that explain differences nicely.

http://www.coveractionpro.com...
Dark and Gritty Book Cover Designs for Self-Publishing Authors - http://www.RockingBookCovers.com

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