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Writing an Ebook The Front Cover

mrweiner The front cover of your ebook is one of the most important elements.  Its the first thing people see every time they open your ebook.  Its the first impression they get of your ebook and of its design.  

Its a good place to start to put across the key themes of your ebook.  If you have a key message or point to make you might consider making it for the first time on the front cover.  

Its often difficult for writers to design a front cover as their not artists or designers, theyre writers.  If you can then get a professional to design your front cover itll look a lot better.  

Now on the front cover you might want to consider putting:
-The title of your book
-Your name
-What edition your book is
-If your ebook is archives from your blog then the dates those archives cover
-A list of the contents
-A picture
-Your website address
-A short summary of your book (ie The views of an American in Paris for the first time.)  
-What the critics have said about your ebook (i.e. praise for your ebook.  

Personally Id keep the front cover as simple as possible with just your name and the title and a graphic of some sort.  Make sure to keep the graphic relevant though; dont just put down a random picture.  

Put the title in the centre and make it quite large.  You can use a different font, size and colour of writing for your name if youd like.  

You can put your name in the format
Author: Joe Bloggs
By: Joe Bloggs
By Joe Bloggs
or my favourite, simple
Joe Bloggs

Remember as always simplicity is key to designing a great looking ebook.  

Posted on: 10:09 pm on December 18, 2008
ebookprofit Really nice pointers. A good front cover does contribute into having a good sale. For most people, it's the FACE, the totality of the ebook, so I wonder, what has more bearing when it comes to bringing up the ebook, the catchy lines in the frontcover or its design?

(Edited by ebookprofit at 2:13 pm on Mar. 3, 2009)

Posted on: 2:12 pm on March 3, 2009
readsforsomanyummies I think a key to ebook covers is that they show the reader what your book is about, the emotion and texture of the story needs to show on the cover. I'm an e-book designer and am always looking to work with new authors, TBTWorks.net for examples of book cover ideas.

Posted on: 1:04 am on May 31, 2012
GraysonGarry I am a new e-book designer would like to know some tips from you on it.

Posted on: 1:04 pm on June 30, 2012
jesrphoto There are some great tips here.  I wrote a similar blog post a couple weeks ago that might provide some help as well -http://jesrdesign.tumblr.com/post/26788362808/creating-an-effective-ebook-cover

Posted on: 5:54 pm on August 7, 2012
Robin A common error is making the title text too small.

It needs to be easily readable on a thumbnail-size image.


Posted on: 6:55 pm on August 26, 2012
Lovebooks Here are some great tips on Designing book covers here:http://www.wordhook.com/publishing/book-cover-design-tips/

The design principles behind eBook covers are much the same as with print covers. You want to ensure that the title is legible against the background, that the design is simple and not overly cluttered and that the font used suits the genre of the book you are designing for.

(Edited by Lovebooks at 1:48 am on Nov. 4, 2014)

Posted on: 1:47 am on November 4, 2014

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