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. Read More
So, you want to write a strong female character. The most important thing to ask yourself as a writer is – why?. Is it because SFCs are memorable, iconic even? We would all love to be the ones to write the next Wonder Woman, Princess Leia or Sarah Connor.
Is it because we're being told as writers that audiences are hungry for more of these characters and expect them in their fiction? Certain audiences do expect SFCs and it's important to understand genre conventions, if only so you can break them a little or bend them to your will. Read More
I know that sometimes, despite wanting too, you might not have enough money to set aside for a good book cover. Which takes you to the only other available option – making a cover of your own. However, most self-made book covers look like crap, which means that even though you have written an amazing book that is sure to captivate your audience, it never does. The simple reason being that your reader has already been turned away by the poorly put together cover.
‘If the cover looks so unprofessional, what would the writing be like?’
While I still recommend going for a custom cover or a pre-made cover, if you don’t have the budget for one, here is how to make a romance cover using free resources like Pixabay and Canva. Read More
Publishing your first book can be the most exciting thing you have ever done. But if not done properly, it can turn out to be the biggest headache in your life. As you go through each step, from finishing the first draft and editing it to finding a cover that sells your book, it is important to not go in blind. The smart thing to do would be to read up on advice from the industry professionals so that you don’t inadvertently sabotage your writing career.
Below are seven things you should absolutely do before contacting a book cover designer. Read More