Ebook Covers – More Paper Please

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Ebook Cover More Paper Please draft 1# -Photography by June Perkins, using templates

At the moment I am preparing covers for my ebooks.     

It was serendipitous that just as I was thinking about embarking on this an email came from Joel Friedlander, who has an excellent blog for advice for self publishers  THE BOOK DESIGNER.

You just have to do a brilliant job of your book cover as well as the content, as it’s the portal to invite readers to notice your book. A lot of authors will hand this over to others,  some will attempt it themselves and may do a great job or a terrible one (and not realise it).  I love the artistry of cover pages and so am keenly adding this to my skill set.  I have a massive collection of my own photographs and collages and am doing new ones all the time. I plan to offer to do covers for a fee for others when I have had a bit more experience with my own covers.

Joel put his subscribers in touch with an awesome contact, Ed Lewis who was offering templates in photoshop for a great price.  It is so worthwhile subscribing to his blog. 

Now that I have developed a lot of confidence in photoshop the templates Joel said Ed was offering looked worth my while. I am not just designing covers to save money but because I genuinely love design work and have a passion for it.

I still have to study the video tutorials for the finer details of how to make the most of the templates but with the knowledge I already have of photoshop, as well as a huge library of my own collages, images, and creativity and imagination I was able to do two rough cover ideas straight away.  The one at the top of this blog needs a little more work, but I am almost there with it.

A big thank you to Joel for putting his subcribers in touch with Ed. 

I am confident that I will be able to offer to do ebook covers for other writers soon – but first to master all the templates, and ins and outs .

What I love about the templates is the principles of good design and messaging that are in place to help you structure your cover sensibly (not too much or too little information).  The templates are further sorted into genres, romance, spiritual, sport etc. You can use the templates to design books for others, but you cannot (and fair enough!) give the templates away.

Another site a friend has put me onto COPY BLOGGER which looks like it will be helpful when it comes to many questions about ebooks and marketing them.

Hmm now to sort out the royalties and distribution maze with ebooks – and make sure I do the best possible thing re tax and treaties, more on that later.

If you have any other suggestions re ebooking  or cover design would love you to share your journey.

Frangipani Dreaming

Frangipani Dreaming – June Perkins

Dear Daughter is teaching me how to use parts of the photoshop program that I don’t know very well.  There are lots of online videos, and classes you can go to, but I love that my daughter can teach me.

She’s learning it at school, but experiments a lot in the programs too and has developed her own short cuts.

She practices instruction now on me, and is naturally patient.  She is enthusiastic, excited and generous, and wants to let me know handy tips.

The above image  ‘Frangipani Dreaming’ is two photographs overlaid, with some art treatments,  shifting of layers and making of transparencies.

She taught me about doing things with the edges of photographs.  I did that but still have to work on internalising that technique.

I enjoy learning from watching, doing, and practicing.

They were both strong images to begin with.  They could happily exist non photoshopped but I like the feeling of the overlay.

For now I am going to practice with our first lesson elements and do them until I can remember them by heart!

I am teaching her to blog and might teach her some of the guitar and things about the camera I know if she’d like me to.  I have a feeling she is going to experiment with all of these things and  tell me things I don’t know about them all at some point.

Still I have lots of wisdom to impart about many things, and a lived life that she can learn from.

Now my next request is for her to teach her bubu (grandmother) how to skype!


Do you have a teacher that inspires you?


Yours in technology adventures,