If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about your book cover even though your manuscript isn’t polished yet. It doesn’t hurt to imagine what your book will look like, does it? While working on my first draft, I scanned through stock photos online, then put my book title and pseudonym onto images that I liked. Here are examples of what I came up with.
My book cover won’t look like any of these. The photos don’t have exactly the historical romance vibe that I want. The fonts aren’t the style that I imagine. And the type placement doesn’t work well. I’m clearly not a book designer. But these photos represent a vision board concept for my cover. They inspire me to keep going, to keep writing, to keep plugging away.
Luckily, there are professionals out there who are available to design book covers for we writer folks. In fact, there are pre-made book covers out there, already designed and ready for download. I spent way too much time perusing websites that specialize in pre-made book covers. The sites make it easy to search by genre to find a match for your book. Many of them also include pricing, timeline, and specifications.
- The Book Cover Designer
- Paper and Sage Book Cover Designs
- Go On Write
- Self Pub Book Covers
- Cover Mint
It’s good to determine if the designer will sell each cover design only once. That will minimize the possibility of seeing a repeat of your cover image all over Amazon.com.
Even if you don’t buy a pre-made design cover, it’s still good to see what types of covers are out there. It may even help you determine what kind of cover you want for your book.
Have you used a pre-made book cover design?