How to Get a Cheap Book Cover

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A great book cover doesn't have to cost a fortune. This book covers everything from hiring someone else, to all the DIY tips you need like finding the right font, locating the perfect picture, and illustrated step by step instructions on how to put the cover together in four popular art programs.

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Published: Sep. 27, 2010
Words: 29,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452324388
About Joleene Naylor

Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that led her to write the Amaranthine series.
In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. Her current projects include the seventh novel in the Amaranthine series, a collection of Executioner short stories, and The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy, a web manga collaboration with writer Jonathan Harvey. Joleene maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their cats and turtles. However, unless she starts buying tickets she may never actually win anything.

Ramblings from the Darkness at www.JoleeneNaylor.com
You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..

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Reviews

Review by: Jenny Ren on Aug. 06, 2013 : star star star star
Although I have designed two e-book covers of my own, my third one was just not working. My thanks to Joleene Naylor for hints and tips to set me back on the right path, enabling me to try things in my program, Photoshop, that I previously couldn't comprehend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Nothguoh on Nov. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
Before reading this informative book, I had no idea where to go or how to get started in creating cover art for my stories. Years ago I used MS Publisher a little and took a class to learn how to use Photoshop. The author's clear explanations and cogent advice gave me the courage to dust off those old skills and create my own cover art. Exactly what I was looking for!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dixie Bydolek on June 19, 2012 : star star star star star
This was a great book so informative and really helped me with getting my artwork and knowing all the license info which I had never heard of some great recommendations defiantly keeping so I can refer back later
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Andrea Frazer on May 15, 2012 : star star star star star
Before getting this book I knew virtually nothing about buying images and was really struggling to get anything useful out of Gimp. Having read this book I have now designed and published 5 book covers. Best money I have spent this year!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin Donaruma on March 07, 2012 : (no rating)
VERY helpful! I was like a raft adrift on the adriatic and this book was the ocean liner that came to my salvation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Franchot Karl on Feb. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This ebook is very helpful. I can't thank Joleene enough for her valuable information. Her book helped me to plan and coordinate the cover for my very first published ebook on Smashwords. I will keep this book as a reference for future projects. You won't be disappointed. Never underestimate the importance of a good book cover.

Franchot Karl
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Haythem Bastawy on Feb. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
I downloaded this book to help me design the cover for my novel, A Military Republic. The book has excellent advice about licensing photos, websites for buying photos and above all an invaluable guide to using gimp for designing the cover. I definitely recommend this to cover designing beginners.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bronwen Skye on Jan. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
Very helpful, well worth the price, was able to come up with a very nice inexpensive cover.
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Review by: T. H. Barker on Jan. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
I found this book to be extremely valuable! The advice on licensing content was good but didn't get me anywhere -- but the step-by-step creation process got me to where I needed to be in no time, without concerns over whether what I ended up with for a cover was going to be acceptable or not. It's a great 'how-to' book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charles Tutt on Dec. 06, 2011 : star star star star star
Loved the book. Very well done with complete step-by-step instructions and a boatload of links to other resources.

I only wish one of her step-by-step examples had included PhotoShop as I do own it along with the entire CS4 Master Suite which I am completely overwhelmed and intimidated by.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Reynold Akison on Nov. 14, 2011 : star star star star star
This is an excellent book for any do-it-yourselfer who wants to create an ebook cover. Joleene gives step-by-step instructions for creating a cover using several different software programs, including the popular and free GIMP. I created my first cover for my science fiction romance ebook: Not Just A Girl, using Joleene's instructions and a little luck, and I'll be using her instructions again when I build the cover for my next ebook. Thanks again, Joleene.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marjorie Farmer on Nov. 10, 2011 : (no rating)
This was a huge help when we were creating covers for my husband's e-books. This is the first time we've done any sort of e-publishing, and we were pretty ignorant of even the basics. I especially liked the information on licensing and sources for images.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bob Cornell on Aug. 25, 2011 : star star star star star
This book was very informative as well as well written.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna White Glaser on March 31, 2011 : star star star star star
"How TO Get A Cheap Book Cover" by Joleene Naylor was just what I was looking for. It is informative yet a very easy read. After reading it, I felt I had enough information to make a decision on my own abilities to create a book cover. In the end, however, I went with a book cover designer: Joleene Naylor! And couldn't be happier! If you'd like to view the cover, you can see it displayed here on Smashwords: THE ENEMY WE KNOW by Donna White Glaser. Thanks, Joleene!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: WGT Online on Nov. 17, 2010 : star star star star star
I found that "How to Get A Cheep Book Cover" by Joleene Naylor was informative and helpful. It helps one to decide whether to do their book cover themselves, or just hire someone.

I have to say that I find doing a book cover is hard and I rather just hire someone. (: But, I want to learn the basics to manipulate the GIMP program (that I have) for future reference. I want to be proficient enough decide whether or not to put the expense out for Adobe Photoshop.

You will not be disappinted with the information that "How to Get A Cheap book Cover" provides.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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