Indie Book Cover Dilemma
Now, as independent publishers we are left with the task of creating our own covers and at the most having someone create it for us. In most cases we find a free photo, and for those of us who want to be a little more unique, we purchase one online. After that, we either fiddle with our free graphics software or pay a minimal fee to have the cover done.
I started working on a book cover for my first full length novel. I am struggling with the decision of going traditional or independent for this. In any case, I want to have a cover prepared just in case I decide to go independent.
While searching online for free or cheap photos to use on my cover, I discovered several things that independent publishers may find disturbing.
- It is very likely that the photo you choose has already been chosen and used on another book. I found a website which showed books that have used the same photos. It was quite disturbing to me and it made me take a step back.Not only will your book not look unique but it may confuse readers.
- It is also likely that the photo in question is already chosen for a special promotion for some product or service
- I also found out that stock photo licenses my be a bit restrictive and may prevent you from actually promoting your book using that photo. You need to make sure the photo license allows you full promotional use.
Here is what I am going to do. I will either take my own photos from now on or create book covers from scratch with a graphic software. I did an experiment yesterday and I think the cover looks really good. It's not what I wanted but it could work.
I was looking for a photo which would depict wealth, inheritance and romance all in one. I found several mansions, photos depicting riches and so forth but when I thought about it, these photos are free and may have been used elsewhere, plus, I didn't want to get in trouble with non commercial license permission because most of these photos are for non commercial use anyway.
What I did was take a nice red satin background, added some diamonds and a white rose. I then created a unique Book title in 3D gold using a special free online tool. The cover looks unique but I am not sure I'll use it. I think I need more practice with my book cover creations. Take a look and tell me what you think.