So you’ve had your book edited by a professional editor, read by a beta reader, and you’ve read it yourself multiple times… it’s time to hire a book designer.
If you want to do it yourself and you don’t have InDesign, then see this Amazon print formatting page. WATCH THEIR VIDEO.
If you have pictures, I would not really advise using MS Word for typesetting, but people do and they get by… I don’t know how the images even come out when they are all in RGB. This is not correct by industry standards, as all images for print purposes should be in CMYK and 300 DPI (dots per inch).
Many authors feel it’s good to order their cover design early on, as this can be:
- motivation for you, and
- helpful for getting interaction and pick of choices among your online friends.
If you ensure the cover designer is accessible for the whole book design (or series), winner, you are going to have a CONSISTENT look to your book.
Advising a Cover Designer on Images
For a book cover design, you have a few different options. First, decide if you want to use real images (photographs) or illustrated artwork (which is created by the artist), or even a combination of both. For artwork, you either commission the work or purchase the rights directly from the artist but with real photos there are a few different ways to do it.
Cover Images: Highest to Lowest Level
You can at the same time, get your Author Portraits done as well. (This ‘head shot’ can appear on the back cover, on your website pages and Amazon Author Central). See our Marketing section for Author Head-shot Photographers.
But for Book Imagery:
Option 1: GO TO A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR CUSTOM SHOT.
You can pay a photographer to take photos. This will give you the most creativity and ability to get exactly what you want, but will cost $199 on up.
For all kinds of photos: Glenn Hunt in Brisbane
See Zahrina Photography in Sydney. Specialist in branding.
Option 2: DO A PHOTOGRAPHER SEARCH.
You can search online for photographers who may be willing to sell the rights of their image or the rights to use it.
If American or Canadian, use this site: https://meetaphotographer.com/
If Australian, use this site: https://www.photographers.com.au/find
Option 3: STOCK IMAGES.
You can buy the rights to use images via stock image sites (but often with stock images, you do not get exclusive rights; meaning someone else may use the same image on their cover). Stock image sites are: istockphoto 123rf, Dreamstime.com and Adobe.com.
Stock Image supplier 123rf is quite affordable; I used their cartoon images for a healthy tips book. 123rf charge in AUD and have many kinds of imagery that suit all occasions, including Australian money.
123rf: 10 images per month=$42 (AU).
Lowest stock photo prices in the market. Only at 123RF. (Referral link)
iStockPhoto is another stock photo choice with a range of small credit plans that don’t last long (from $36) or $85 for 10 images over the month (yearly), which is why 123rf is recommended.
DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS FROM FLICKR OR GOOGLE SEARCH.
Placeit offers good 3-D renderings of your book cover (once done) in any kind of three-dimensional setting… best for Ebook or Social Media sharing.
See their excellent Author post about Book Covers and Facebook Ads using book mockups.
ADAZING.com offer a free mock-up shot and then will try to sell you a package for US$60. You will laugh and be astounded as they place your single cover into all sorts of situations and videos!
If doing a LOT of social media posting and advertising, try the US$14.95 a month or US$100 p.a. for Placeit subscription.
Turn to next page for Book Designer recommendations!