Archive for the ‘Creating ebook covers’ Tag
For my first cover I used a single photo
|Author||Diane J Cornwell|
|Length||Short Story (6152 words / 24 pages)|
I searched for photos of flames and found three or four that could be used. I settled on the clearest photo. Continue reading
You could pay someone to research the genre you wish to study but why when it is so easy to do yourself?
1] Work out your genre and subgenre.
Eg: Mine are mostly Science Fiction, Adventure
2] Search Amazon Kindle for books in your genre and subgenre.
Software to Create Images and Covers
The image needs to be saved as a Jpeg, therefore it is easier to work in a program that can save as jpeg files.
- Microsoft Paint
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Adobe Photoshop
- GIMP (freeware)
There are many other programs, but you will already have Paint if your operating system is Windows. Continue reading
Basics of Creating Book Covers
Reason for covers
- Attract attention of reader. How? Colour, image, or “mood” of the cover.
- Visually display genre. Why? Make it easy for readers of a particular genre to select my novel from all the other novels.
- Visually display author name and title for readers Why? If the reader is a true fan they will purchase everything written by their favourite authors, no matter which genre. Continue reading
I have never, in my entire life, purchased a book based on the colour, image or text font size displayed on the cover, and I do not intend to start now. So I wondered how I could continue to create covers for my ebooks when most authors don’t think like me. Continue reading
I am now taking stock of what I achieved this year.
My novels, novella, novelettes and short story are available on both Smashwords and Kindle Direct. That in itself is a achievement. I can now say I understand how to format into HTML, compile to MOBI files and upload to Kindle Direct, after formatting the word document for Smashwords.