Category Archives: Book Cover Design

Cover Art Design Trends For Self-Published Poetry Collections | Self-Publishing Relief

Cover Art Design Trends For Self-Published Poetry Collections | Self-Publishing Relief

Poetry collections are unlike any other type of book, because they appeal to the reader on an entirely different emotional and intellectual level. Poetry can almost be described as an “art form” of the written word—so readers will expect poetry book covers to reflect that unique spirit. There are so many directions you can take… Continue Reading

Cover Art Design Trends For Mystery/Thriller Novels | Self-Publishing Relief

Cover Art Design Trends For Mystery/Thriller Novels | Self-Publishing Relief

When you’re ready to self-publish your mystery or thriller, it’s important to choose your cover art wisely. Your book cover is your ultimate point-of-purchase sales pitch for your book, so you want to be sure it appeals to and entices your potential readers! Typical mystery/thriller genre covers often feature blood splatter, magnifying glasses, dense fog,… Continue Reading

Cover Art Trends For Self-Published Romance Novels | Self-Publishing Relief

Cover Art Trends For Self-Published Romance Novels | Self-Publishing Relief

With so many new authors self-publishing romantic novels, Self-Publishing Relief has noticed that cover art design trends have become so much more than the bodice-ripping Fabio fad of the ’80s. In the indie romance industry, a book cover can make or break your sales. So it’s important that you accurately reflect the correct subgenre for… Continue Reading

Finding The Right Stock Artwork For Your Self-Published Book Cover Design | Self-Publishing Relief

Finding The Right Stock Artwork For Your Self-Published Book Cover Design | Self-Publishing Relief

When it comes to cover art design, stock artwork (aka images created for licensing to anybody who needs them for commercial or private purposes) can be a self-published writer’s best friend. Because stock art isn’t created for one particular customer, it can be relatively inexpensive. It’s easy to download from the Internet, easy to sort… Continue Reading

New And Classic Cover Art Design Trends For Memoir Writers | Self-Publishing Relief

New And Classic Cover Art Design Trends For Memoir Writers | Self-Publishing Relief

When you self-publish your memoir, you get to select your cover art. And it’s important to accurately reflect your genre, because your book cover is your most effective point-of-purchase marketing tool! Get it right and readers will be hitting the “buy now” button—get it wrong and sales will suffer. Self-Publishing Relief shows you the memoir… Continue Reading

Cover Art Slip-Ups That Can Hurt Your Book Sales

Cover Art Slip-Ups That Can Hurt Your Book Sales

With all the new self-published books on the market today, it’s not surprising to run across a few cringe-worthy book covers. Some DIY authors opt to design their own book covers—and it shows in the results. Others hire graphic designers without knowing the difference between real cover artists and overconfident wannabes. Your book’s cover is… Continue Reading

Write Back Cover Copy That’s Tailored To Sell Your Self-Published Book

Write Back Cover Copy That’s Tailored To Sell Your Self-Published Book

Authors who are chasing a traditional publishing deal often consider writing a query letter to be one of their hardest tasks. Writers who are self-publishing their books don’t have to worry about writing a query letter…but they still have to write the summary for the back cover of their books—and that can be just as… Continue Reading

Self-Publishing: Why You Shouldn’t Go It Alone

Self-Publishing: Why You Shouldn’t Go It Alone

You’ve decided to take full control of your writing career by self-publishing your book. Congratulations! But along with full control comes full responsibility—and self-publishing your book is a big job. In addition to actually writing the manuscript, you’ll also be involved with content editing, proofreading, graphic and cover design, electronic file formatting, distribution management, marketing, and… Continue Reading

Publishing Is Half The Job: Promote Your Book! | Self-Publishing Relief

Publishing Is Half The Job: Promote Your Book! | Self-Publishing Relief

You may think the hardest, most important parts of self-publishing your book are the writing and the actual process of creating a book. But you would only be half right—the part of self-publishing that is vital to the success of your book is still ahead: self-promotion. Because publishing companies are devoting less of their time, energy,… Continue Reading

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