With self-publishing having opened the doors for anyone with a creative mind to tell their story, there is the tendency among many writers to want to do for themselves everything from book cover design, paperback formatting and eBook conversion. However, it’s critical that you go for a service that renders professional products, because readers can tell what’s professional from what’s not. The tips below can help you avail a professional book cover design if you’re publishing independently:
Cover design that matches theme and genre
Is your book about science fiction, love, inspiration or crime? It’s important that your cover designer understands what your book is about in order to come up with matching graphics. Images such us flying saucers or some other non-existent technology can match very well a sci-fi novel.
Browse for the Latest Trends
While you can trust a professional book cover designer with a thorough job, your input will always be useful. Thus, it pays to do a background check via the web for the most current designs, especially in your genre. Checkout designs successful authors are having on the covers of their titles to have an idea of standards that most readers and the industry in general expect. You can suggest these to your designer, not for copying but as a standard to base your design.
Don’t Forget High Resolution
Image resolution is one factor any reader can use to tell if your book cover is professionally designed or not. The best images have a 300 dpi resolution for print use. Keep it this way even if you’ll reduce it to 72 dpi for web use.
Don’t go for just any book cover image you come across online or elsewhere. Insist that your designer employs images that don’t infringe on anyone’s copyrights. To achieve this, you may ask them to design or take fresh images themselves or purchase. This is especially important in your case because you’re using the images for profit-oriented goals.
Don’t overdo text, fonts and graphics. Equally important, make the text easily readable without unnecessary flair, unless it’s meant for kids. When it comes to the title, make sure its font is big and readable. All the same, employ creativity here so that the text of the title falls neatly onto the overall cover design. If you’re using several words that can’t fit in one line, break the text into two or three lines. Don’t be tempted to squeeze a long title onto one line to the extent of compromising readability.
Make proper choice of colors that you’ll use on images and text. Contrast is important so that the text remains visible and legible while images stand out.
You can still deliver a title that meets traditional publishing standards if you employ professionalism from the word go. It’s highly advisable that you focus on writing your story as a professional helps with matters of book cover design or paperback formatting. This kind of professionalism positions you better to compete with mainstream authors.