November 20, 2009, Newsletter Issue #210: Getting Help With Cover Design

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Many self publishing companies offer cover design services. However, it is worth noting that each additional service you take adds to the cost of self-publishing your book. Some self-publishers assign you a graphic artist to work with, who will prepare sample designs after talking with you. Others have pre-prepared cover design packages, where you can choose from a number of designs which you can customize slightly before adding text. These options are helpful for the new self publisher. Another option for cover design is to look for young artists or illustrators in your local area. A graphic artist will be able to create a unique cover design using a blend of drawings, photos and text, as appropriate. Once you have approved a design, you can get it electronically (as a TIFF or JPEG) so it can be included in your book.

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