Cover Reveal for ‘House Guests’

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!

House Guests and Other Stories

There are four different ways of obtaining an e-book cover:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use one of the cover designers on All services on cost $5 plus a 50c processing fee (currently around £3.62). I’ve done this several times.
  4. 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 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 (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!

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  1. #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.

  2. #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.

  3. #5 by Linda Daunter on September 5, 2015 - 5:56 pm

    Bright, cheerful, eye-catching – well worth a fiver.
    Good luck with it!

  4. #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!

  5. #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.

  6. #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!

  7. #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!

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