The world of e-books is a cut-throat one and unless you are a big shot author, that split second as a thumbnail is often the only time your book will have to catch the eye of the reader. Even during marketing, without a good cover that conveys the mood and genre of your story, the most attractive of blurbs may not get you those sales that you had been hoping for. I am not saying that there aren’t exceptions. There are books with unprofessional covers that have hit bestseller lists. But when you are trying to get your book as much exposure as possible, never relegate having a good book cover to the lower priority checklist. A good cover is as essential as good editing to help you establish yourself as an author. One attracts the reader and the other makes the reader stay. But if you have absolutely no way to spare money for a custom cover (or a pre-made one), then I am making a series of articles on how to make covers using Canva. Currently, the tutorial on how to make a romance cover is up so check it out if that’s your genre. Also let me know if you want tutorials on any other particular genre. But if you have the budget, here is my list of top ten pre-made book cover sites and designers in no specific order.
Edit: I found more good pre-made cover sites after making this list so let me know if you want a part 2.
Price range: $12-$600
This would be the number one site I would recommend if you are looking for a pre-made cover. The sheer variety available in terms of genre, style and price makes this the number one go-to place for me. There are over 13,000 covers available, the website is easily navigable and has side bars that show the genres and the number of covers in that genre. You can also use the search bar to easily attain relevant results.
Price range: $75-$120
I would recommend them for both pre-made and custom covers. Their covers are absolutely gorgeous and definitely eye-catching. I love the diversity of styles they portray in the covers. A lot of designers have a recognizable design style and I like the fact that their covers don’t fit into any kind of mould like that. The pre-made covers are available in almost all genres.
Price range: $35-$99
This is the page I would recommend you to if you are on a very tight budget and not looking for a romance cover. Their covers extremely affordable and I advise you to buy their covers before the prices go up because, honestly, I think majority of their covers are underpriced. The main focus is on genres like sci-fi and fantasy along with mystery/thrillers. Although there are designers with cheaper covers, you wont get such quality at this rate anywhere else. I can see that almost all their covers are a combination of multiple elements so that one cover doesn’t resemble another.
Some of you may be familiar with the fact that this is my design studio. I design for most genres but I specialize in the sub genres of Fantasy. I offer unlimited changes if they are minor in nature and you get the option having a paperback and social media kit as extra add-on.
Price range: $49-$135
She designs for a lot of different genres but mainly focuses on non-illustrative covers. Her typography game is strong and she offers a wide variety of design styles from abstract to conceptual.
Price range: €60
They have beautiful covers that would undoubtedly make your book stand out. I love the gorgeous typography and colours. The covers are more commercial in nature and would help your book fit into your genre. But if you are looking for unique designs then this is not the place for you. That said, I would strongly suggest this site if you are looking for a cover that would help you attract the readers of your particular genre. Please note that the price is in Euros.
Price range: $30-$180
Their designs are more minimal in nature and the site showcases some absolutely gorgeous fictional as well as non-fictional covers. This is also one of the few sites which feature non-fictional as well as illustrative pre-made covers. I am not sure if all the covers use multiple stock photos but most seem to. Do confirm with them before buying. I love their use of typography and it definitely elevates their covers. Currently there are some covers on sale on their website.
Price range: $45-$530
As far as pre-made covers go, this is definitely on the pricier side. Covers in the $40-$60 are also offered except they do not feature any humans. So if you are looking for something similar, she has around 40 covers in that section. It’s mainly on the darker and spookier side.
Also, unlike most pre-made covers, these designs focus more on illustration. Almost all the covers are in the fantasy genre and put emphasis on a single protagonist. The covers look unique and have a very ethereal vibe to them. I am not sure whether you will get options regarding the fonts used as typography isn’t given much importance but the illustrations are definitely worth the money.
Price range: $50-$99
The covers are an absolute steal for this price. A wide variety of genres are offered and the covers look really professional. Most of the covers are in the fantasy genre so if you are looking for something along those lines then take a look at their shop.
Price range: $69 and above
This site is similar to the first, thebookcoverdesigner.com, in the sense that it features work from numerous designers and hosts a vast selection of covers. What makes this site unique is that you don’t have to wait for the designer to send you the cover. It functions in such a way that you can add the title, author name and download it immediately and use it instantly. It has also currently started offering paperback covers, audio covers, custom covers as well as options to modify a cover.
Do let me know if this article was helpful to you.
Have a nice day.
About the Author
Amala Benny is an avid reader and professional book cover designer who has designed for multiple award winning and bestselling authors. She spends her free time Fangirling over Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.