There are two ways to get a new ebook cover made: either do it yourself, or hire someone else to do it. Make sure you choose one or the other because you don’t want to publish a book without a cover (read on to see why).
Don’t Publish Your E-Book without a Cover
Amazon will place a placeholder image within a week of your book’s release, which isn’t going to be particularly flattering for your book. The real problem is when you choose to upload your book and publish it without providing a book cover, you will have a “No image available” instead of a legit image for up to 1 week (until Amazon gets around to changing the placeholder image). So to avoid getting stuck without a book cover for up to a week and only a placeholder image after that, roll up your sleeves and start experimenting with a graphics program.
Creating Your Ebook Cover Yourself
- The easiest solution for most people is to simply use Microsoft Paint, since it’s available on all Windows machines. You don’t need to be an artistic genius to beat out the placeholder image that Amazon will assign to you. When you’re ready to save your graphic, keep in mind that there are two formats that Amazon accepts: JPEG and TIFF.
- Make sure you don’t compress your images at all. Amazon is going to do their own compression after you upload your book cover, so you risk having a blurry eBook cover if you do any compression on your end.
- Amazon provides several instructions for you that govern the size of your cover art. If you don’t follow the instructions, the cover file that you create will undoubtedly be wasted because the program won’t allow the image to be submitted by you if it;s not in the right structure. These are the requirements that Amazon themselves give you for the size of your book cover art:
- The dimensions of your book cover image should be at least 500 by 800 pixels and have a maximum of 2000 pixels on any one longest side.
- The ideal height/width ratio is 1.6.
- Save at 72 dots per inch (dpi) for optimal viewing on the web
- Find other tips on creating a good looking ebook cover on Amazon:
Hire Someone Else to Create Your Ebook Cover
Why should you bother trying to create a good ebook cover when there are professionals you can hire for usually less than $100? There are generally three types of sites where you can find ebook cover creators:
- Freelance sites: Scriptlance.com, Elance.com and Guru.com are three examples. You can either pay by the hour or for the entire project. Read reviews of providers before deciding on one.
- ÒTaskÓ sites like Fiverr.com. Here you can get an ebook cover done for only $5, but you may have to try a few before you finally find one you like. Quality can be hit or miss on sites like Fiverr.
- Graphic design gig sites like 99Designs.com. Sites like these can cost $200+, but you’ll get multiple mockups by various people bidding on your job.