Your book’s front cover

Thanks for the comments from those who enjoyed Jan B. King’s guest post last week on your book’s back cover. If you work with a traditional publisher, they will design your front cover to convey the message they desire. Usually, it is geared to the specific target audience. If you self-publish, or are creating an ebook, what do you do about a front cover?

Most POD firms, even Createspace and Lulu have cover templates you can use as a starting point. A template ensures the title, author, spine, and back cover components are all sized right and end up in the correct position. But you don’t have to stop there. You can choose great graphics to give your book the extra edge, and have it stand out from the competition.

Look for royalty-free graphics, where you pay only a few dollars for the license to use to artwork at:

dreamstime.com

freedigitalphotos.net

morguefile.com

Thinkstockphotos.com

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