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- Publisher: PennilessPublishing.com (November 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0KBODZ
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Book Cover Secrets and Shortcuts: Book Cover Design for Everyone Kindle Edition
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But first, a brief disclaimer: I know Ed, online (not in real life). And, I'm always impressed by his advice. We don't see eye-to-eye on everything, but I think my review is fairly unbiased.
I bought this book because I've seen Ed's book covers and -- even if I don't actually LIKE all of them -- they ALWAYS get my attention. I thought he just had a knack for cover design. Now I know that his resources -- described and linked in this book -- play a BIG role in his design success.
As an indie author, I create about half of my own book covers. So, I thought I knew all the best places to find great (and free, or at least cheap) cover graphics, and fonts that make my covers look good.
I was wrong. In this book, Ed lists resources I've never even heard of. And, now that I've checked them out, I realize that my covers could have been a LOT better, if I'd known these font, graphic, and design sites existed.
It gets worse.
I'm a third-generation artist, so I thought I understood the "secret" formula to a pleasing cover. Then I read Ed's book and learned that I knew only HALF the formula. (DUH.)
So, I'm kind of wincing as I admit how much I learned in Ed's book. But, despite this embarrassment, I felt like I had to leave a review for this book, because it's tremendous. And, this book deserves a five-star review, but I know how bogus those can look... so, it's a four-star.
Really, if you're designing your own covers, or you want an insider's view of what pre-made book cover services provide (to start your own business), buy this book. It may be the only book you'll need to get started.
I can recommend this to anyone wanting to design their own covers, or who want to DIY.
I did have a little look at some of the other sites that are recommended in the book and will be going back to the book to check out the others.