How to Use CreateSpace Templates to Set up Your Book Cover Design Properly for Print

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Hey guys, today I’m taking you through the process of using a template from CreateSpace to set up your book cover for print. You can use a lot of the same tricks with other templates but I know that CreateSpace gets a lot of use by indie authors. I hope I can save you some time […]

5 Alternatives to Stock Photography for Your Indie Book Cover

Posted on Nov 25, 2015

There are obvious problems with using stock photography for book covers, everyone knows this. It can be so hard to find a photo looks really good, has a composition that works well for a cover, and happens to match the details of your story. And then, if you find that magical photo, you see it […]

Should I Invest in a Cover Designer, or Just Buy Photoshop?

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

  My dear author friends, I know that some of you are thinking this. You look at the cost of a cover designer and wince. And it’s not just a one time cost, oh no, you have to pay for every book you put out in your career. I mean, Photoshop is an investment, no question, but […]

Who’s that blonde on the cover?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

  Have you ever picked up a book with a really cute cover? Maybe it has a pretty blonde girl on it…maybe in a wedding dress. Then you finish the book, and you look at the cover one more time. And you realize that the main character was a brunette. Did anyone else get married […]

How to Brand a Series of Books

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

The best way to make a living as an indie fiction author is to write in a series. This means that as an indie book cover designer, I’ve thought a lot about series branding. Series branding is such a powerful way to communicate with your reader. Not only does the branding contain everything you should […]

Why I’m Breaking up with Free Fonts

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever pay for a font, I would have laughed in your face. Pay for a font? Have you seen how many free fonts there are? Miiiiillions. Many of which are free for commercial use, as well as personal. There is a free font for […]

Don’t use these fonts on your book cover

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

How to avoid over-used fonts for your Book Cover: In my first post in this series I gave some advice about choosing the best fonts for your book cover, but I wanted to take a minute to help you avoid making a terrible font choice. There are a lot of fonts in use that make designers […]

How to make your text “pop” on your Book Cover

Posted on Apr 1, 2015

In my first post in this series, I discussed choosing a font for your book cover.  Great fonts are the first step towards making your book cover look professional, but I see a lot of amateur covers that take a perfectly good font and do terrible things to make it “pop” on their cover.  And […]

How to Choose Fonts for Book Covers

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

I am still learning the art of typography myself, I’m an illustrator first and designer second, but I want to share with you some of the tricks I’ve gathered to help you make your book cover look more professional.  Nearly all the rules I’m going to lay out have been successfully broken.  By people better […]

RGB vs CMYK: Colour for web and print

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

While most indie books are sold as e-books, many authors like to have the option available to buy print books as well.  If you are planning on having a print version of your book, it’s a good idea to learn the differences in how printers make colours, as opposed to how screens do. Your computer […]