Whether foolish or not, we all judge books by their covers. Silly as that may be, we do. For this reason, it’s imperative that your eBook be sporting an eye-catching and attractive cover design.
If you are serious about giving your story a real chance, do not ignore or neglect the importance of this step.
You have several options when it comes to a cover design for your eBook. The most appropriate choice will be determined mostly by your level of graphic design knowledge/skill and your budget.
Hiring a Freelance Graphic Designer
Do you have somewhere between $300 and $400 to invest in a professional graphic designer for your cover art? If you do, that’s certainly your best bet. Take your time searching for the right artist. Be sure to really explore their portfolio until you see the type of art that fits with your book and your story. Do your research and don’t rush through this selection process. You’ll thank yourself later.
Contact a few artists who offer book cover design services and discuss your project with them, to establish a clear understanding of what your book is about and what type of art would best represent it. Get a feel for their artistic vision and brainstorm ideas with them. Be open to suggestions, but be firm about the elements of your design which you feel strongly about. An experienced artist that’s worth your money will be able to balance their talents with your input, and that will be obvious as you continue to work with them.
Don’t just immediately go with the first artist who you think can do the job or whose past work impresses you the most. If you’re going to spend that kind of money, be choosy and see what more than one has to offer. Ask any questions that you think are important. Find out what is included in their book cover design service. If they offer different packages, ask the questions necessary to determine which best meets your needs.