Book Nine of the Zero Cost Self Publishing Series is here!
Focused specifically on producing professional looking book covers using a variety of graphical packages.
Want to create covers for your self published books? This is the book for you.
Produce professional quality front and back book covers, ready for upload to the publishing site of your choice. Learn how you can do it all yourself, at absolutely no cost!
Please note that as this book is part of a series on self publishing there will be some areas of overlap across the books. However, every effort has been made to ensure the overlap is minimal, only where absolutely required, and each book contains everything you need for the specific area described.
Aimed specifically at the tools and techniques of cover creation, this book provides a complete guide for the production of professional quality book covers. Several entry level packages are covered, giving easy to follow instructions for free tools such as Picasa, FastStone, and the cover creation tools covered in the CreateSpace and KDP publication web sites.
The free high end graphical package GIMP (the 'GNU Image Manipulation Program') is covered in detail, providing step by step instructions on how to create more complex book covers, including image component extraction and re-combination, management of image layers and optimization of image resolutions. Learn to select images, dissect them, combine images and parts of images with text overlays to produce a top quality professional looking book cover. Then use the covers you've created to publish your book to any of the three publishing companies recommended by the Zero Cost Series of books. Do it all at zero cost.
The commercial software packages Corel Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop are also discussed and the GIMP instructions can be readily transposed for use with either of these tools.
This book provides pictorial and descriptive guides that are easy understand and easy to follow. You chose whether to use a free tool, or to purchase a software package. It can all be done using the free tools so there are absolutely no costs involved. When you're finished, your book covers will be ready for publication. No need to hire production consultants. Do it all yourself at no cost and achieve professional results. Techniques can be readily applied to any type of book cover you desire.
Buy it today, have your book cover ready tomorrow!
Other books in the Zero Cost Self Publishing Series are focused specifically on other topics, including paper book production at CreateSpace, eBook publishing on Smashwords and on Kindle KDP, how to format your book manuscript, how to create your own eBooks and other publishing related subjects.
About the Author
Stephen started his career as a marine biologist, later switched to managing computer support and development teams, and is now a full time author and artist. He lives on the West Coast of Canada with his wife and one crazy cat. He has sixteen books currently available in both paperback and e-book formats, including two novels, two guides on Soapstone Carving, one on Stained Glass Art, three poetry books and multiple guides to various self-publishing topics. While currently working on a third novel he has at least five other books planned for the next few years. An artist for most of his life, he's worked in many mediums, from oil painting to blown glass. For the last 15 years he's focused on carving soapstone sculptures and writing. He can be reached via his web site at www.stephencnorton.com To purchase any of his books please go to his author pages at www.amazon.com/author/stephencnorton on Amazon and www.smashwords.com/profile/view/northwind on Smashwords. His books are also available on Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other resellers.