Do It Yourself: Book Covers (A Self-Publishing Guide to Creating Quality Book Covers Using Free Tools and Inexpensive Images)
Finally, a Do It Yourself Guide on Creating Book Covers
Here it is, the book you've been waiting for. Finally, you can create your own book covers using the simplified methodology outlined in the book. It's fun, it's easy, it's fast, and it's cheap.
Sell More Books by Getting Your Book Noticed
What's the first thing you notice about a book, even an eBook, when shopping on Amazon, the world's largest retail book seller? I'm willing to bet it's the cover. Even before you read the title or author name to see if you might be interested, it's typically the cover of the book that first catches your eye. That being the case, here's an important question I want you to ask yourself before we begin:
If my book cover is the most important element when it comes to getting my self-published book noticed and ultimately sold, then why am I not creating my book cover myself?
The answer to this question may very well be that there are no training materials available on how to create book covers. At least I haven't seen any. If this is what has been holding you back, I'd like to help by offering this manual to fill this significant vacuum in the pantheon of self-publishing literature.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Using the GIMP
This guide is directed at users of the PC based Windows 7 operating system (though it has been used successfully by MacOS users). It instructs you on the use of the Gnu Image Manipulation Program GIMP (a free program) to combine text, colored boxes, and inexpensive images to produce spectacular book covers.
Why wait. Now's the time to become your own graphic artist.
What You'll Learn in This Book
Installing and Running the GIMP
Creating a Simple Book Cover
Working with Layers and Selections
Loading Fonts and Using Font Effects
Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive Images
Creating Colored Boxes
Using Layer Masks
Sroking a Path
Putting It All Together
About the Author
Brian Jackson is a self-published writer of fiction and the publisher, web site designer, and cover creator for his wife and author Melanie Jackson. Brian originally began using the GIMP while working for Cisco Systems in the Silicon Valley. Now retired, Brian spends his time writing and publishing. Brian shares his modest home in the California gold country with his wife, dog Alpine, and cat Snowy.