Book Covers

Created about 2 years ago by Christina Enquist with 6 comments
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13434821 948553633917 156011093044138769 n Kathy Schubel Sullivan · Reader · added about 2 years ago
I believe Kaytalin Platt is running a promotion right now, designing covers for those who need them in exchange for a preorder of her book.  She’s done four books for me in the past and has a lot of graphic design experience.  Her profile is here:  https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-living-god and here is her portfolio:  http://kaytalinplatt.com/publication/ 
Evyte2c8 Christina Enquist · Author · added about 2 years ago
Thank you all! This is quite helpful.
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 8 likes
It depends on your level of graphic design experience/skill, and how much you’re willing to spend. Overwhelming consensus is not do it yourself if you can avoid it. Creating a truly effective cover that attracts readers is a science. A cover that an author thinks is cool may not be the most effective at driving sales, pre-order or otherwise. You will get a pro cover design from Inkshares if you get funded. But it can only help your campaign to have an effective cover upfront. 

If you need or want to do it yourself, I recommend checking out these articles.

This is a huge list of resources for authors designing their own covers. This guy also runs a monthly book design contest. You can see his feedback on each submitted cover. It’s a great way to learn what works and what doesn’t. 

A good 9-step series that walks you through the process of making your own cover. The first article also discusses the pros and cons of doing it yourself vs. hiring someone. 

Informative article from an author discussing how changing her cover affected her sales. 

If you want to hire someone, here are some highly recommended places. These are designers that focus strictly on book covers.

Ebooklauch has several budget friendly packages: 

Bespoke supposedly has somewhat flexible pricing too:

Damonza is a little pricey, but their stuff is beautiful. I went with them since I’m promoting my book in several places outside of Inkshares before my campaign. Couldn’t be happier. 

Hope that helps!

13151545 777222623097 985383794146136776 n Sara Polk · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
I actually reached out to my friends on facebook. Several are graphic designers or went to school for art. One friend asked what I was picturing in my mind, I told her some kind of haunting figure, BAM. Cover. I actually really like mine because it fits with the ambiguity of my book. 
I would say reach out and see what happens. Give a bit of an idea but also be open for different options. 
Cb 2018 01 large Cem Bilici · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
I don’t know if I’d call mine cool, but I have made my own covers, even if just something temporary. Definitely seems to help.
Having always dabbled in art and knowing Photoshop etc definitely helps, and getting critique on covers as much as writing whether you are making yourself or not.
Evyte2c8 Christina Enquist · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
I see all these cool book covers and wonder if each writer designed their own, paid someone to create the book cover, or if Inkshares provided the book cover when writers hit a certain level of followers. I just took a Google image that seemed to fit well with my story (one that allowed reuse with modifications). How can I get a cool cover?