I was reading the comments under an article on how hard it is to self publish when I learned something about marketing. I have read a few short stories and none of them had a cover! I remember one story that was in the 'steam punk' genre that would have greatly benefited from a cover so that the reader would have an idea what to expect.
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In traditional publishing the book cover would have been the most fundamental marketing device. Digital books don't have covers, but we can still use the principle.
I decided to practice making digital covers with some fictional books and stories. First I looked at what was out there.
I noticed how the name of the author is always in capitals.
This has a solid feel to it.
Then I made a few of my own using Google Draw. I ran into some things. The font that only works well in black, and black doesn't work with a lot of images. A lot of images are the wrong shape to resemble a traditional book cover. There are probably legal issues.
But all and all I found it fun and useful.
If you feel like getting a little finger practice, be sure to visit this cover contest on Reddit!
As a last thing I wanted you to know an artist I found. I stumbled upon him by searching for book covers for 'The Hobbit' (JRR TOLKIEN).
If I ever write a book that would match the quality of his work I will contact him!