Book cover crazies
OK, so I’ve finally chosen my book cover photo and have a Photoshopped high-res image of it on my hot little hard drive. Today, I went into my Amazon CreateSpace account, clicked on Cover and started examining my options.
Where’s the Excedrin?
I could use their CreateCover program, which makes it all pretty easy. Just one little problem with that — I can’t use my own picture on the front, just their generic stuff. Next!
I could design my own cover. OK, let’s look at that. After dizzily plowing through tons of instructions about measurements and calculations and bleeds and layering, I decided to download their cover template. Once I did so, however, I realized I don’t have any program in which I can design the damn thing. So I went to the CreateSpace Community and poked around the forums, looking for advice on design programs. Several people recommended downloading Paint.Net, which is free and simple to use. Went to the Paint.Net site, downloaded the program and then went to install it. Fatal error during installation. Arrrgh. I deleted the program and the template.
I could use CS’s Professional Cover Service, which starts at $299. I don’t think so. Sounds like a ripoff to me.
One of the authors I spoke with, Annabel Joseph, had recommended a designer to me, one who does custom covers for $50. I saw some of her work and it looked fabulous. So I contacted the designer, but she wrote me back today, saying she wasn’t taking on any new custom-cover clients at this time and kindly referred me to a list of other possibilities. I looked up each one; they all had one thing in common. Expensive.
It wasn’t this complicated when I used Lulu. But that was four years ago. And let’s face it — despite Endart’s beautiful caricature, my first book had a pretty amateur, plain-wrap book cover.
I’ve put out a couple of feelers for possible designers, but at this point, I’m a little stymied. Ah well. All part of the process, I suppose. Meanwhile, one of my two readers has sent me back his edits. They were minor and his feedback was so very gratifying.
Perhaps I need to wrench myself away from this computer and get to the gym. I think I’ve accomplished as much as I can at the moment.
Hope everyone’s having a decent week. Happy Hump Day.