Never judge a book by its cover…

Published November 18, 2016 by helenlaycock

‘It’s all about the writing,’ they say.

‘Never judge a book by its cover,’ they say.

But, in all honesty, have you ever picked up a book if the cover hasn’t grabbed you?

Just as I have redrafted the content of my books countless times, so the covers have undergone gradual transformations. At first, the designs were simple, hand-drawn affairs that I scanned and saved. Embarrassing in retrospect. *blushes* Then I discovered Picassa (no longer in existence. Boo hoo!) and they became a (little) bit more technical (but only a little bit).

However, I always felt that they were letting me down. *sighs* I could have paid to have them designed, but as I have twelve (thirteen?) books ‘out there’, it would have cost an arm and a leg – and I need my arms to type.

It’s taken years, but I am now more familiar with Publisher, and I also now realise that many online images are free to use if you know where to look. Free!! My favoured site is Pixabay. You just type in the subject you are looking for, and hey presto! Up come pages of images. I also like Cooltext, although I have tried to curb my enthusiasm for using fancy font which, apparently, is a give away that the designer is an amateur!

It has been, and is, a long, meticulous process as making a cover involves so much layering, experimentation, and moving about of features. Note to self: It also helps if you start by selecting the correct size page on Page SetUp… which I didn’t do to start with. Grrr! Once I had my backgrounds, I added specific images, titles and text boxes, and to make the covers look more professional, I went for a double-page spread. Who ever knew that a two-pager was available on Publisher? Well, I do now.

Anyway, at the moment my four new covers are in the system. In twenty-four hours I will approve them, and they will hopefully appear on Amazon in about another week or so. Until then, like a proud mum, I am going to show them off right here. And, by the way, the books are available on Amazon, but currently with their old covers (forgive me!). Oh, and for some reason, Amazon has listed completely the wrong prices! They range from £4.00 to £4.50.

snowy-forest-background-with-girls-title-brown-blurb-author-and-no-booklist

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4 comments on “Never judge a book by its cover…

  • Pretty covers. You’re right, we can’t help taking them into account when making a choice.

    (Amazon did something weird with my pricing too. I suspect an anomoly in the matrix.)

  • Thank you, Susan. Yes, it will be interesting to see if they arrest more attention. I’m really pleased that the backs are more exciting than the previous plain covers. Now I’ve got to fork out and order copies of everything!

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