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Who judges a book by its cover?

Answer: pretty much everybody.



Heyo everybody! Happy Sunday. This week, I’m talking about the next aspect of publishing your book: cover art! On a related note, it’s officially February, which means I should be getting the cover art for my own book sometime soon! So pumped for that. In the meantime, I thought I’d tell y’all what I’ve learned about the process of getting cover art for your novel. It’s a fun process with lots of variables, so let’s get started!

First things first: when it comes to cover art, you have a lot of options with a lot of different price ranges. If you’re being traditionally published, the decision may not fall to you, but as a self published author, it’s important to carefully consider each. So, without further ado, let’s look at the options.


Pre-Made

Pre-made book covers are pretty much what they sound like: pre-drawn cover art ready to go as soon as you purchase. The good news is they’re relatively cheap, some as low as $15. But you get what you pay for, and unless by some stroke of luck, you probably won’t find a cover that perfectly reflects your book. However, if you’re willing to settle for something slightly off, pre-made covers can be a good low-budget option.


Photo Manipulation

Photo stock covers are hit or miss. You can pay hundreds of dollars for professionally manipulated images, or $15 on Fiverr for a private design job. Again, the rule seems to be that you get what you pay for. With Fiverr, you run the risk of a low quality product, and many of the cover designers advertise with art that isn’t an accurate representation of their abilities. On the other side of the spectrum, highly expensive covers can be overpriced, and even in professional stock covers, repeats of the same images can be found in countless book covers. If you prefer the style and are willing to put in some research- and potentially, cash- then photo stock covers are definitely worth looking into.


Drawn

The last, but certainly not least, style- drawn covers. If you want a drawn cover, you’ll have to contact an artist, describe your vision for the book cover, and wait for the result. Pricing depends on the artist and could vary greatly. It’s definitely worth looking into an artist who has some experience with book covers. That way, you know they have some measure of reliability, and prior experience will inform the decisions they make regarding your cover art. Artists for drawn covers are rare on Fiverr, so you’re better off checking platforms such as Artstation or Deviantart. With commissioned artists, you run the risk of a long wait, delays, or your project being dropped altogether. But for a custom, detailed piece of artwork for your book, the price and wait may well be worth it.


There you have it! A brief run down on the types of cover art you can get for your book. There’s a wide range of prices and quality, but with some research, you can narrow down the best options for your project. Personally, I opted for a drawn cover, and I’m beyond excited for the final product. Which option sounds best to you? In any case, have a great week, and fly safe, everybody!

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