If you’re a writer, you’re not expected to be a designer.
Hell, you shouldn’t even try to be a designer.
Pay the money for a real cover!
Would you go out into the world if your face was horribly disfigured? A bad book cover is like that. It prevents people from seeing the beauty inside.
It doesn’t take much to do a compelling, interesting cover, as you’ll see after the break.
So, if you’re too damn cheap to respect your readers with a good cover and still want to do your own, heed the following!
Two brilliant covers using simple geometric shapes.
Most self-published covers looks like this:
Jaysus! And you know what the real tragedy of that cover is? It’s for Ken Bruen, who’s a long-time professional writer of crime fiction. His other books have had covers like this:
I don’t know what’s going on with his new publisher — and that’s from a book publisher, not Bruen trying his hand at covers! — but they’re making Bruen look bad.
And let that be a lesson to all of you: A simple cover is an effective cover.
Take a hammer to your hand when you see it clicking that Photoshop icon. Use that hammer on your head if you find yourself thinking, Ooh, airbrushing! And buy some goddam display typefaces! How many others are using the same ones over and over again? Everyone!