Let’s have a drum roll … followed by a few oohs and aahs from the audience. Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the cover reveal for my third e-collection of short stories!
Put your hands together for the cover of House Guests and Other Stories!
There are four different ways of obtaining an e-book cover:
- Design and create it yourself. Unless you’re a whizz at graphic design this can be very time-consuming. I give some advice on DIY (based on my own experience) in this guest post for the Writers’ Bureau.
- Use Amazon’s Kindle Cover Creator. This is very easy but the covers can’t be used on other e-book sales platforms and there’s a danger of them looking formulaic. I’ve written about this here.
- Use one of the cover designers on Fiverr.com. All services on Fiverr.com cost $5 plus a 50c processing fee (currently around £3.62). I’ve done this several times.
- Use a ‘proper’ bespoke cover designer. This will probably give you the best result but will also be significantly more expensive than the other options – meaning it will take longer to make a profit from e-books sales.
The cover for House Guests and Other Stories is from pro_ebookcovers, a designer on Fiverr.com. This designer worked differently to the others that I’ve used previously from the site. She asked for links to two e-books on Amazon with cover designs in a similar style to what I wanted (so I looked at short story collections that seemed to be selling well and had covers with a warm and friendly style). Then she asked me to choose a cover image from http://depositphotos.com (or I could’ve supplied my own). I chose something that I felt was vaguely applicable to the title story. The designer then downloaded the image and did the necessary fiddling to get it to the right dimensions and added the lettering.
I felt this way of working made things easier for both parties. I didn’t have to struggle to explain the type of image I wanted and the designer didn’t have to struggle to interpret my brief or spend time finding a suitable picture.
I recommend pro_ebookcovers and will use her again in the future.
So, back to House Guests and Other Stories. It’s a collection of fifteen short stories, many with a twist and most have appeared in either The Weekly News, My Weekly or People’s Friend. There’s also a couple of competition successes in there plus a special guest story by a prize-winning author!
I’ll reveal the guest author in a later post when I launch pre-orders for the book. I’ve never used pre-orders before and I’ve never had a guest author before so it’s exciting – watch this space!
#1 by Keith Havers on September 5, 2015 - 9:59 am
Thanks for this, Sally. I have several things I would like to self publish but I’m stuck on what to do about the covers. I shall be taking a good look at these links.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on September 5, 2015 - 10:33 am
I hope it’s useful, Keith and let me know how you get on with e-publishing.
#3 by Jack Dowd on September 5, 2015 - 12:26 pm
It’s very exciting, Sally. You must be pleased.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on September 5, 2015 - 7:18 pm
Thanks for dropping by, Jack. Yes, I am very pleased with the cover.
#5 by Linda Daunter on September 5, 2015 - 5:56 pm
Bright, cheerful, eye-catching – well worth a fiver.
Good luck with it!
#6 by Sally Jenkins on September 5, 2015 - 7:18 pm
#7 by susanjanejones on September 5, 2015 - 9:25 pm
That’s a book I’ll deff buy because I like the cover. And I’d want to read your stories as well, of course. I had a lovely cover for my Angel and the Poet e-book following your advice from fiverr. My Redington one, I had done special because I wanted something in particular.
#8 by Sally Jenkins on September 6, 2015 - 7:53 am
Glad you like the cover, Susan! I can understand that a bespoke design is best if you have a particular feel or image you want. Good luck with your books!
#9 by Linda on September 6, 2015 - 9:18 am
Hi Sally, love the cover, and what brilliant advice for anyone who is ;looking to self-publish.
#10 by Sally Jenkins on September 6, 2015 - 6:36 pm
#11 by Wendy Clarke on September 6, 2015 - 9:44 am
Wishing you lots of luck with House Guests, Sally. I love the cover. Also thanks for the information about cover design. For my own collections I’ve used either an illustrator or designed my own but I think finding a designer of fiverr is a great idea.
#12 by Sally Jenkins on September 6, 2015 - 6:38 pm
Your cover designs have both been good, Wendy. Thanks for the good wishes – and all the best with your novel!
#13 by juliathorley on September 6, 2015 - 5:01 pm
This is a great cover – and thanks for the timely advice re ‘proper’ cover design. I have a little something in mind that I might e-publish.
#14 by Sally Jenkins on September 6, 2015 - 6:39 pm
You’ve made me curious, Julia. I want to know what your ‘little something’ is!