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All Work and No Play Dull the Creative Edge.
One fun “finishing touch” for your book that you can do during the creative writing phase is to design your cover. Having a picture of what the finished product may look like is inspiring to see when you’re weary with the writing and editing processes.
As there is for the writing process, you can find special software on the market that can help you compose a book cover, but stick to a program that you’re accustomed to using for setting up slideshow presentations (Apache OpenOffice Impress, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat). If you want special effects that aren’t available in those programs, you can manipulate your graphics or pictures with various photo editing programs; MS Paint, MS Office Picture Manager, and Google Picasa are examples.
You use essentially the same techniques in both Microsoft PowerPoint and Apache OpenOffice Impress, but the two programs differ in vocabulary and the arrangement of menus for commands and utilities within each program. For example, the PowerPoint “WordArt“ utility is called “FontWork” in Impress. To avoid confusion, I’ll try to describe in generic terms how to build book covers. Users familiar with their choice of software will know where to find and how to use the commands and utilities to create the effects described here.
These steps tell how to create single-piece covers (front, back and spine combined). CreateSpace requires all covers to be single-piece, while Lulu requires some of their publication options to have the cover elements submitted as separate pieces. You need only slide presentation and Adobe Acrobat software.
Open a slide presentation program.
Consult your POD provider’s style guide to find out if your spine is wide enough to accommodate title and author name text, and a miniature of your publisher logo.
Always purchase proof copies of your printed books. You may need to adjust colors or other characteristics of text or cover art.
(Please let me know if a step I’ve described doesn’t work for you. I could have left something out.)
Next time: Creating three 1-piece cover variations.
If you have designed your own book cover(s), why not upload 1-piece copies to your blog, and post a link in my “Light a Fire Here” comments box? We’d like to see your creations! 🙂
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