Whether you’re a chronic do-it-yourselfer in regards to absolutely everything, or are just interested in saving some money in regards to your overall Kindle book financial campaign, creating your own cover art can be both ingenious and infuriating.
Unless you’re moderately knowledgeable in regards to designing your own graphics, logos and covers with the various design software available, you’d do well to bite the bullet and simply hire an outsourcer to ensure yourself the best possible Kindle book cover imaginable.
Fortunately, Kindle book covers are relatively simple, non-complicated work and you can get some really, really exceptional work done for probably much less than you’d have expected. In the interests of sharing the collective wisdom I’ve garnered over the past few years in this business, I’ve provided for you a starter list of sorts of different websites where you can find high-quality Kindle book designers for moderately affordable prices.
While you may think that a service that maxes out the payment for something as creative and demanding as book cover design at five dollars isn’t worth your time, it’s all about knowing how to game the system. The key to finding potential Kindle book cover designers on Fiverr is to identify and focus on the members with a proven track record of excellence. And yes, they’re out there.
If you go with a Fiverr provider, make sure that you supply them with the image,s or they provide proof that they have full rights to use the images commercially. This can be an issue with some of the less ethical providers, they use images for your cover they have no rights to, so make sure you have that clear before you go with them.
Boasting well over 350,000+ freelancers (with about a third or more of those consisting of designers), Guru offers perhaps the most robustly safe option to not only hire your prospective Kindle book cover designer, but also manage and cultivate a potentially long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with them.
While Elance may very well be the most expensive of these three starter options I’ve listed for you, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for if you’re willing to do the research and – perhaps most importantly – pay what the top book cover designers on Elance.com deserve to be paid for their services.
Before you even approach a prospective Kindle book cover designer, you should try and focus on and recognize exactly what you’d like your Kindle book cover design to be. Do you want it to be a minimalistic picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words type design that draws the reader in on a multitude of levels despite its simply outward appearance? Or perhaps you’d simply rather it be a window into a particular scene that occurs in the book, or consisting of several images of the themes, topics or subjects covered?
There are a number of templates available you can use as a basis for your own book cover. You can have these modified easily (usually in Photoshop), for a professional look without the higher-cost of a compete design project. Here are a few places:
There are literally a thousand different directions you can take in actually designing your book cover, and in the end – even though you’re not technically doing it yourself – you can still list your thoughts and wants in regards to the finished product for your prospective Kindle book cover designer to adhere to.