If you’ve decided to self-publish (and there are many reasons to do so: read more about the pros and cons of self publishing) then one of the most important tasks you’ll have to complete – after you’ve written the book, of course! – is creating a book cover. The cover of your book is the first taste a reader will have of what’s to come, and it’s often what will convince someone to choose your book over someone else’s, so it’s about as important a first taste as you can get.
Here are a few great tools to use when creating your book cover:
Book Cover Creator
For a simple but effective start to figuring out what you want your book cover to look like, check out Book Cover Creator. Even if it doesn’t end up being your final book cover, it’s a lovely way of seeing your ideas come to life in a tangible way – and will often spark off more ideas or a clarification of what you really want your book cover to look like.
Book Cover Pro
Not sure if you want to pay a graphic designer but also not sure you want to do it entirely on your own? Try Book Cover Pro, book cover design software that makes it easy to create high-quality book covers for both print and e-books. Create your own first impression with Book Cover Pro – from the comfort of your own home. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Book Cover Express
If you know that design isn’t your strong point, it’s probably a good idea to hire someone experienced to do it for you. Book Cover Express has designed a number of big name book covers, and with 30 years of publishing experience and more than 1500 covers, they definitely know what they’re doing.
Hire a Designer
The final option, of course, is that you hire a designer to create your book cover. This has advantages in that you can be a lot more picky than you could be with an established website, and they have more skills than you’ll get from trying to do it yourself. Just be clear about your budget up-front and make sure you show plenty of examples of what you do and don’t like.
Looking for inspiration? Here are 90 Beautiful Book Cover Designs in Different Styles to get you started… Let us know which are your favourites?