by Corina Koch MacLeod
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Most authors know that readers will judge a book by its cover. So, having a decent cover is pretty uncontested. I’ve seen some gorgeous covers, produced by talented cover designers for hundreds of dollars. Ouch.
But does a cover have to be the best, or even brilliant?
Can you sell your ebook with a “good enough” cover, or at the very least, a cover that’s not offensive or distracting? Is it okay to lower the bar a little (or a lot) on cover design and still get book sales?
Jason Matthews, author of How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks, All for Free thinks you can, and I’m beginning to wonder if he might be right. Maybe what matters more is choosing the right title, or maybe what’s inside your book is actually more important than what’s on the outside.
I’m currently working on a new book with Carla, and we’re wrestling with what to do with the cover. Before we sell our first-borns for a cover, I thought it’d be fun to do a little DIY experiment. Please know, I’m not a cover designer, and I’m not even very artistic — it’s a trial to match my socks to my outfit every day (do you still have do that?). But sometimes, I do have a sense of when a cover offends, so I set out to see if I could create one that doesn’t.
Authors are often cash-strapped, so I also hired a cover designer to design a cover for $30. Here are the covers, the one designed by me and the one designed for $30:
- Which cover do you prefer?
- Would either of these covers be deemed good enough?
- What works? What doesn’t?
- What do you need to consider in designing a cover?
- Which cover do you think I created? (Stay tuned for the big reveal….<grin>).
While I might not be great at designing a cover, some of you might be. And if that’s the case, you’ll save lots of money doing it yourself. There are other advantages to DIY covers, too, and I’ll tell you more about those in a future post.
How to Design a Book Cover for Free