Good Afternoon! For those of you interested in the process of making a cover for your book, if you read my last post, you might know that finding a good image could be a bit difficult.
I do believe that finding free and royalty free images through various websites can work quite well once tweaked here and there for any realistic fiction book. When it comes to a more imaginative work, however, such images as found on Pixabay or other free sites are a bit more difficult to find.
In such cases, you can have a freelancer design it for you, or go ahead and purchase an image. The images that are more creative in style are those that you’ll usually have to purchase, and will convey the message of your book much better. After all, your cover goes a long way in attracting readers.
Purchasing is easy – just as easy as buying something from Amazon.
Good luck on your image search.
Here are some things to consider when formatting your self-published novel:
- Be completely done with your novel before starting the publication process. If you’re not, you’ll spend a lot of time and effort laboring on your formatting that you’ll only have to go back and redo again once your novel is completely finished/revised/edited. Don’t make it harder on yourself. Finish the entire writing process first.
- This was actually a bit more difficult than I originally imaged it would be. Mostly, you will need to decide you the size of your book. A 6×9 is actually rather large, whereas a 5×8 is smaller and more manageable. I’d suggest really knowing your product and the standard size of similar works.
- There are a lot of you-tube videos that help show you how to work the trim (ex: 5.25×8) on Word or other documents.
- You-tube is your friend: not every video is going to be beneficial, but the more you watch how-to videos and listen to others talk about their experience, the more you get an idea of the process and what to expect.
- The most difficult part is going back and forth between the right font, font sizes, symbols, and other tidbits. Things change, and when one thing changes, you might need to change something else. Embedding your font is really important, as it will not carry over on some programs.
- Pictures for both the inside and outside are recommended to be at least 300 dpi. Personally, I’ve found it very difficult to come up with creative artwork/illustrations for my covers; most of them are much, much lower in dpi. There are still good websites to find free images, and even really pretty images, but when it comes to really creative work, especially for children, the search becomes much more difficult.
- You can always hire a freelancer; there are websites out there that will allow you to look at various freelancers as well as their portfolios. You can also set a budget beforehand, which is helpful.
- Matte finishes are soft and a tad duller, but still really attractive. Glossy finishes are also pretty and attractive, but scratch and get finger smudges easily.
This post is not in depth. If you have a particular question, feel free to ask one in the comments. I will post updates again soon along with other details.
Thank, thank you very much, Grammarly.
Completely recommend Grammarly for anyone who would like a quick, painless, and free edit. Hiring a personal editor is still recommended, but this website helps clean up a document real quick. Talk about feeling clean!