Wednesday, January 2, 2013

About Book Covers...

A quick Vlog entry about book covers and what to watch for in making your own from scratch.  I don't recommend necessarily doing one yourself, unless you are an artist.  It's fine to maybe make a rough sketch and get an artist friend or even hire someone to do it for you.  There are plenty of artists who specialize in doing book covers and you can find them all over the internet, or through friends on FB.  In my case, I am an artist, but also my cash flow is very tight.  So I basically HAD to go this route.  So this vlog entry is about the thoughts I put into the image and how it would appear to the casual reader going through a bookstore, or skimming through Amazon or Barnes and Nobles' websites.

I would also point out that there are a number of very good book cover programs available on the internet, including through Createspace, Smashwords, Lulu and the others.  The nice thing about those is that they are already formatted to fit whatever standard industry size you want your book to appear in.  Again, in my case, I'm using a formatted book cover from Createspace that allows you to insert your own image.  Now after I'm all done with making my book ready for Createspace and have submitted it, I have to do the same thing for Smashwords.  Which means I have to do all this formatting and whatnot all over again.  But at least I'll already have the experience and a rough idea of what to expect.