When you enter a bookstore, what draws you to a novel? Most will say the cover. A book's cover can be the telling point for how well that book sells if the author isn't already well known. Many traditionally published books will have professionally made, beautiful covers which draw the eye. For the indie author however, especially those like me who have no money, this may not be an option.
There are authors out there who will yell with all their might that you should never publish a book without a professionally designed cover. How much does this cost and how is a poor, unknown, indie author supposed to afford it? A professional cover can cost hundreds of dollars. My answer is that you don't have to get a freelance designer to create your cover as long as you follow a few simple rules.
1. An image that is relevant and draws the eye
2. The image isn't protected by copyright (if you're unsure it is best not to use it)
3. A title font that is easy to read even when the cover is shrunk to thumbnail size
4. Alignment! Make sure text (title and name) are aligned on at least one side
5. Colours match. Use the same colours throughout the cover
Follow these rules and you'll have a decent cover. Always ask for feedback from friends about the cover, get them to be as honest as they can. Anyone can create a working cover if they follow basic design rules and there is plenty of people around, even online, who will give you feedback. Just don't settle for less than your best as the cover of your novel is very important.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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