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Should you hire someone to design your book’s cover or do it yourself?

The choice between hiring someone to design your book’s cover or doing it yourself weighs heavy…

On all indie author’s budgets. Some covers can be as cheap as $20 and expensive as $400 if you hire someone to design it for you.

Or it can be $0 if you design it yourself… all you need is time… you have plenty of that, right?

Though design is an acquired skill and you must hone it to get the desired results or end up with something that doesn’t give any returns.

As with all skills they require time to practice and with the many hats that you already wear it is easy to understand why one would hire a professional cover designer for their books.

But why even have a cover designed?

Good question.

Let me ask you this… if you had a choice between these books which one would you choose?

Your eye is probably going towards the one with the pretty pictures, right?

Humans like eye candy. They love seeing and enjoying little bits of art no matter where it is displayed.

A book cover is one way of attracting a potential reader.

If you go with a simple text cover that you designed in a word processing application then it will probably 9 times out of 10 be passed over in favor for a book with a well designed cover.

What if you don’t have the budget to get someone to design it for you?

That’s okay.

Just remember that in exchange you have to spend time to learn how to design your own covers.

If you have access to canva.com then you can design it yourself.

Most of the stuff on canva is free. You might need to snag a few free images off of Pixabay to use in your cover. Please do remember to credit the source of the image.

Take a look at the genre that your book is in and get an idea of what’s on those covers. Take note of the colors too. Colors in every genre matter and will help your book get noticed if you follow the trend.

I’ll note that every genre / category follows trends and you need to be aware of those trends too. You don’t want to create a cover that’s too dated.

As you can see below that canva has a wide array of book cover templates so hopefully you can find one that’ll match your genre or come close to fitting in with the rest of the covers.

Pre-mades are another option…

Yup, if you have a few bucks to spare then you can purchase pre-made book covers for as low as $10 from some designers.

Scour Facebook and Instagram for book cover designer groups because sometimes they’ll have pre-made cover sales and you might be able to snag a great deal.

It’s your choice…

If you’re tight on time then save up to hire a professional cover designer off of fiverr or buy a premade book cover for your story.

Otherwise, buckle up and get to honing your book cover design skills.

Who knows you might be the next best designer out there 😉

Until next time…

Keep on rising above the ashes of obscurity

~ Alicia S.

August Thoughts

To be honest, i don’t know what Augusts topics are, but i would like to share something.

Every Thursday is my pull-up day in my personsl strength training schedule. As such, I despise Thursdays.

But, after i complete my pull-ups, i feel accomplished, like i did something impossible.

So my thought is this, what type of goal can we individually set for August, so at the end of the month we can feel like I do after finisjhing my thursday excercises.

I know my goal, have The United screenplay written.

What is yours?

My Thoughts on the July Topics for the Burning Embers Blog

July’s topics are Book Contests and Author Coventions, two topics I know very little about.

I know very little about book contests.
The little research i have done has been a simple google search, which pulls up a lot of contests with pricey entry fees. The only exception, and only contest i have ever participated in was AllAuthor’s Cover of the Month contest, which Kindled Legends, A Burning Embers Anthology took 3rd place in last September.

Quite honestly, the only author convention I am interested in attending is Realm Makers, a convention for Speculative Fiction Authors who believe in Christ. Maybe one day I will be able to attend.
A future convention I may be interested in attending, and hosting, is a potentional Burning Embers Author Convention, but right now that is a a few years down the road.

Tuesday Thoughts

I know this is a lot off topic for July, however want to try something a little different today.

I personally believe the best way to get to know my fellow authors is by reading thier books.

So to help me add your books to my read list, will you please comment with your purchase link & blurb?

Welcome to July

July

Welcome to a new month, and a new set of monthly topics.

Funnily enough, I have even less personal experience with July’s topics than I did with June.

The topics are Contests, Conventions, and Award Contents.

*shrugging my shoulders and shaking my head

I hope my friends in Burning Embers can help out with this month.

Last Day of June

For my household, June was probably the least unusual month of 2020.

In a way, I am sad to see it go. In another, I am not.

The June topics of the month of Radio Silence, Promo Art, and Author Retreats are not my strengths, so hopefully I will have more to say in July.

Well, I wish you a wonderful last day of June, and leave you with this image I found on Pixaby.

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay