Self-publishing a book can be a very rewarding process, but if you want to reach a large audience (and which author doesn’t want lots of readers to enjoy their book?) It can be a challenging task.
Once your book is complete and the interior edited, proofread and formatted, you will need to consider the book cover design. As the ‘face’ and advertising for your book, it is worth taking your time here and getting a professional design which represents the focal point of your work, also, one which will ensure that your book stands out upon the bookshelves (and in a good way).
Why the cover design for your book is so important.
First, you need to consider just how many books are self-published, on average (and according to recent figures from Bowker), 1.7million books are self-published in the US annually, this breaks down to an average of 4,657 books per day, so book buyers and readers will have plenty of choice, and you’ll have some competition.
If you’re self-publishing a book, then you may well be considering both KDP and IngramSpark as your print on demand service, both are great options and have huge distribution channels to offer an author, not only this, but they are quite straightforward to use and have promotional options to help you with advertising and ultimately selling your book.
But when it comes to the book cover, there are some differences that you should be aware of.
If you’re an indie author and looking to self-publish a book, it can seem a little confusing at first. Who prints the book, then how do you get the book into a store (online and on the high street) and how do you promote the book too?
These are all valid questions and ones which can stop authors even trying to publish their own work, but it shouldn’t stop you, the self-publishing industry is a great deal easier to use than it’s ever been, and there are lots of great services that an author can take advantage of for success.
So, if you have just finished writing a manuscript and think you’re ready to publish, let’s look at what you should consider doing next (with links to lots of other helpful resources).
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