A great #book cover matters! Many books are purchased, because the cover was enticing. A great cover can sell books. There are too many options out there to address them all, but we can certainly review a few good affordable ones.
I wanted to save money. I saw numerous "design your own cover sites" and other options. I spent endless hours trying to create the right one by myself. I finally found a photo that I liked. I built my cover around it. I published the book with my homemade cover. When it was listed with all of the other books on Amazon, it was clear to me that mine looked like it was created in Publisher by an amateur. I called CreateSpace. They gave me a few companies and routes to consider. I went to one of the suggested designer's web-sites on 99Designs. When I saw Meella's portfolio, I knew she was the one I wanted to hire.
To my surprise, a designer was not that expensive. I gave her the photo I had selected, and asked her to do her magic. I had some concerns, because we were doing everything via email. Meella with 99designs lives in Australia. I told her what I was looking for, and I was amazed at the options she provided. She tweaked my cover, and gave it a professional look. I wish I would have known about Meella when I started trying to create a cover. She would have saved me weeks of frustration. In the end, I think she was worth every penny. I later had her create business cards, postcards and my #audio book cover.
What you need to know about art for your cover:
Things are different than they were years ago. Previously, I would purchase software with thousands of photos I could use. Now, many of those photos are copyrighted work, and protected by the photographer. If you find art on the internet, look for links on their sites such as the one below:
NOTE: Whatever you do, make sure you follow their terms. DO NOT violate them!
My personal favorite is Meella.
Cover Creator - https://www.covercreator.net/
Poster My Wall - https://www.postermywall.com/
NOTE: Some of the above companies have some FREE art.
FREE ART: (not all of the art on the sites below is FREE, but some have FREE choices). Listed below are a few companies that have great art:
iStockPhoto - https://www.istockphoto.com/
pixabay - https://pixabay.com/
Shutterstock - https://www.shutterstock.com/
123RF - https://www.123rf.com/
NOTE: Even if the art on the site states FREE, make sure you do not have to acknowledge the
photographer or artist in or in your book.
SAVING MONEY: If you need the assistance of a cover designer, I suggest you do what I did. Find a photo that suits your book and style. Follow the copyright requirements. Give the photo to a designer, and let them create the cover for you. I found it was much less expensive finding the art myself. The designer took care of polishing it and laying it out properly. She tweaked it for various formats. She used the same photo to create the cover, post cards, business cards, and audio book cover. Having a professional do it saved me time, and made a much more professional looking cover than I ever could.
SUMMARY: There are many more sites out there, but I think these are some of the most popular. It should give you a great place to start. Wherever you get your art, make sure it is not Copyrighted. If it is, get permission in writing to use it!
Congratulations! You are done! Now you have to figure out what you are going to do with this wonderful piece of art that you have created! Open the Publishing tab and let's get started!