From the blog, MACWOOD’S:
Like it or not, folks judge a book by the cover. It is a worn out cliche. I love a good cover to match a good story. But if it is a bad story with a great cover I look at the book as a lie. The thing is, if you want to be taken serious as a self publishing author, you need to play like a pro, you need to be the author as well as the publisher. Self explanatory I know.
Now that we Indie authors are becoming a force to be reckoned with as top names grow on our side, we fast run out of excuses for acting like a virgin. The above are two covers to a work in progress. One is a few months old (your left), the other is a few days old (your right). The first one was done on old software that took a dump. The second was done on Gimp. I went to youtube and watched a turtorial and got an idea then poof, here came the second cover.
I have some others much better than the first one, but none of them touch the second version. I wanted to show the difference between a bad cover and a good cover. You see, your cover is not only art, but the window into your story. It is the representative of your tale. You not only have to write one heck of of a story, but you also have to get the editing, but then you need an outstanding cover. But… maybe you don’t do covers, so now what?
Well you can hire me for a flat rate of $30 bucks to do one for you which that fee will go into the editing fund for my stories, or you can spend some real money and go to this site here!
Basically 99Designs has a team of cover designers who compete for your cover, you pick the one you like most, and that is your new cover. I haven’t tried this yet, although at some point I’d like to. If you cannot afford $300 bucks to start with, no problem, I will gladly do your cover for the $30. Either way, but you do need a good cover. Even if you don’t go with me or 99Designs.
Make sure to make your book as awesome as it can be, because you are the publisher of your book.
Feel free to add your input on cover design.