Thinking About Ebook Design: Self Publishing Case Study
Last month I outlined some of the self-publishing mistakes I’d made which I plan to avoid this time. And today’s the day I’m starting. First of all, I want to get a great cover design for my book. Alison Duncan gives some great tips on getting the cover right for your self published book and it’s a good idea to read those. Since I’ve helped to produce magazines in the past, I know the value of a great image for capturing your readers’ attention. It’s probably no surprise that my most successful ebook to date has been the one about blogging which features the Blogger license plate on the cover. The image links to the topic, which is great for readers.
Ebook Design Advice
One place where I found great advice on ebook design was the Sticky Ebooks site. Pamela Wilson’s guest post on DIY ebook design is a good start, but I wanted more, which is why I sprang for a copy of Ebook Evolution a few months ago. As part of the package, I got the Ebook Evolution Cover Recipe Book, which shows you how to create memorable ebook covers using open source software. The authors recommend using Open Office and have even thrown in a couple of starter templates to use with the software. However, since I’m a confirmed Microsoft Word user, I decided to read the 26 page book and see what I could apply with the software I already had. The basic information on setting up your page, changing margins and applying color can be used in many programs, in my opinion.
Sample Ebook Designs
The beauty of this ebook is in the 20 sample covers it shows, along with instructions for how to achieve them. It may sound simple to say you should include a background image, a bar of color and your title and sub-title (that’s just one of the examples), but it’s only when you see how it looks that you get the idea. So here’s how I plan to use the inspiration this book provides.
Next Steps in Ebook Creation
- I’ll look at the covers at different times and see which ones appeal to me most. I’ll pick the top three for further consideration.
- I’ll use an online font checker to experiment with different fonts I can use.
- I’ll select an image that is appropriate for my ebook. There are lots of image resources out there, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one. However, this is the most important part of the process, so I’ll take as much time over it as I need to.
- I’ll follow the step by step instructions for creating the covers, adapting where necessary for the program I’m using.
- I’ll ask some trusted friends for their opinion so I can choose the best one.
The good news is, I already have a head start, as I know the title and sub-title I want for my ebook. I’ll just do a little bit of research to see if I need to optimize the title and then I’ll be good to go.
What resources have you used to design book covers? I’d love to hear of anything that could make the job easier or lead to some snazzy designs.
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