I can design great looking covers all day long but if I’m the only one who has input, they would all be a reflection of me and what I like. The reason my portfolio is so diverse is that I develop a relationship with each of my clients. I talk with them, get to know them, and they get to know me. My personality gets put on the back burner for each book cover, but my design standard gets placed forefront.
Setting clear expectations with new clients (regardless of if you’re a shoe shiner or a book designer) is one of…
This brochure is Martin Publishing Services in a nutshell. It’s always hard to decide what gets real estate, but this…
Because I often work with authors who are sharing very personal, non-fiction writings, photos that have an emotional attachment are…
If you are working with a professional book designer (or typesetter), there is no need for you to do tons…
All graphic design is not created equal. The level of skill is a story often told through the processes that the designer uses, not just the end result. But here’s the deal–it’s hard for you, the author, to know if the designer is doing the job correctly because design software is not your forte, nor should it be.
“Trust the professional” is not only something I say, it’s also something that I do when it’s my turn to hire out work. I’m not a professional photographer, editor, marketer, etc. I need to hire others to do that for me. The older I get, the wiser I get, and trusting the professional that I hire is an area that I am so glad to have grown in.
I know we have some die-hard DIY self-pubbers out there that really enjoy learning to do the work themselves. But I can guarantee you that most of them end up frustrated and surprised at just how much work is involved to get a good-looking ebook. I know because that is MY story, too.
I have assembled a handy single-sheet reference to help you choose the right trim size for your book. This is doubly helpful if you want to use the same file for KDP and IngramSpark.
The devil is in the details, and book design is no exception. There are many, many considerations that the author and the book designer need to discuss.
Here is a template that will help you perfect your 6×9 full-cover design for your paperback book. This is a 2-part overlay: front and back with bleeds and margins, including spine margin and the default barcode size and placement.
This online calculator tool will help you arrive at the dimensions your full cover needs to be for Amazon KDP or for CreateSpace or you can just use it to figure your spine width. Different printers use different paper, which determines the spine width, which is why this calculator is specific to Amazon KDP and CreateSpace (same paper).