A short time spent researching the subject suggests that people do judge books by their covers – but the majority of these were selling their book cover design services.
Having access to a PC with Photoshop CS3 installed, I decided to try saving a few bob by making my own book cover. I had never used Photoshop and mistakenly thought that when I opened the package it would be obvious what I was supposed to do with it. It wasn’t. Not to me, anyway. Fortunately, people have taken the trouble to put helpful tutorials on the internet, and after chipping away at my project over the last few weeks, I have a book cover that looks okayish on the screen. But it has taken me far longer than I expected and has eaten into my precious writing time. And I couldn’t reproduce it – I have no idea really how I got it to this stage.
There are in fact two covers, one for the Kindle version, which is just the front cover, and one for the paperback, which from left to right, has the back cover with the ‘blurb’, followed by the spine, followed by the front cover.
I decided to print a copy of the paperback version, and now I have a dilemma. The small print on the back cover, which looks fine when viewed on the screen, is quite blurry on the paper. I googled and found that other people had the same issue, and took advice on using the sharpening tools and so on, but it still looks rubbish on paper.
Could it simply be that our little inkjet printer isn’t up to the job, or is this how the cover will look when the books are delivered from the printers? Perhaps I could email my image to a printing firm and get them to print a copy on a decent printer. If this is as good as it gets my book will have a very ‘home made’ look. I would expect anyone to judge the book negatively by this cover. I do hope I haven’t wasted my time.