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Joan H. Young
on Sep. 06, 2012 :
Farah Evers is the kind of graphic designer we writers wish for daily. Her work is excellent and affordable, but she is concerned that your book has a good cover, even if you can't afford her, or have enough art training to be dangerous, or even are just bull-headed. So, she's covered the basics of graphic design, spacing, fonts, colors, getting your message across, and written it all in words ordinary people can understand. Every point is illustrated with examples.
Following the principles in this book will help you get back the money you spent to purchase it in a flash. Let's face it, if two books have equally interesting descriptions, people will buy the one with the good cover. They might buy a book with a good cover without even reading the blurb.
She also covers designing business cards, bookmarks and more.
Best choice- hire Farah to design your cover. Second choice- buy this book and follow the guidelines.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 18, 2012 :
I have just finished every word of Farah Evers’ “A Graphic Guide for the Self-Published Author”, and all I can say is that if you are insistent on doing your own covers, drop the couple dollars and get this book.
The book reads well and the care Farah puts forth in her craft is evident. There isn’t a single good reason why this book shouldn’t be in the hands of every self-published author. Your book cover matters, and Farah knows things, easy things, that can help you really improve your book or story covers.
Knowledge is power, and I really do know a ton more about book covers having read her work. I’ll never look at another cover the same now. The book is a seriously good peek into the effort it takes to make a great cover, and the mistakes that make a bad one.
Excellent job on that, Farah; you knocked it out of the park, in my opinion.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)