This is a very simple topic that is often made overly complex by most publications. It doesn’t take a professional to make a professional looking book cover.
1 Buy It
Go to http://www.istockPhoto.com and buy an image large enough to cover a 1280×853 pixel cover. Don’t pay more than $12 or so for an image. It’s alright to resize the image a little to what you need. Small to medium should do the trick. Note that you have to buy credits that you redeem for images. Buy the least number of credits and buy a great but simple, full page image.
2 Label It
Use a simple editing tool to put a readable title and author on the cover you just bought. I use a free graphics tool called The GIMP (more on GIMP later).
That’s it. You’re now done with your professional looking cover. Did I tell you this was going to be easy, or what?
See Knave of Hearts by Melanie Jackson for a simple cover example. Think you can do that? Good. Let’s move on…
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