by Cathi Stevenson
Having an awesome book cover design will go a long in way in helping you sell your book. Self-publishing has come a long way since the advent of print-on-demand (POD) technology, and sophisticated, professional book cover design is available to everyone. There’s no need to look “self-published,” or to paraphrase the late guru of self-publishing, Dan Poynter, for your book to have that “loving hands at home,” look to it. The same stock images and freelancers are available to self-publishers that are available to big publishing houses.
And while I make my living as a freelance book cover designer, I often help those who are trying to design their own covers. The designing might be the easy part for many, though. Following templates to create the full spread (front, back, spine and bleed) in one landscaped file can seem a bit daunting if you’re not familiar with the jargon, or have no understanding of how a book is printed and bound. I created this book cover design infographic to help people do just that. Hopefully, it will help someone.