Tips for Indy Authors 4: Cover Art & Covers

If you peruse the Amazon Kindle store you will be greeted by more books than you can count. Unfortunately, many of them are likely to have book covers that quite frankly suck and that were obviously cobbled together by the author.

With so much competition out there you need your book to stand out from the crowd. Sure we all want to save money and many authors do take their books to market without spending a penny on anything, but do those books go on to sell more than a handful of copies?

Do it yourself?

Making your own covers can work don’t get me wrong; if you have a background in art and design. Knowing what works is vital to making a good cover. I’ve been doing content creation for years now so feel pretty comfortable using design tools but I know for a fact that the covers I have made myself could be so much better if I had paid a pro.

Getting the imagery and title fonts right for your genre is also key. If you can draw then good for you, you can create something unique from scratch. For the rest of us mere mortals however, we can turn to stock image websites. Free sites like Pexels provide free images to use but these are pretty limited. For a basic package with sites such as Shutterstock or Adobe Stock, you will have a lot more choice. With some photoshop wizardry, you can easily turn a stock image into something unique looking. There are few images out there, however, that been used numerous times so try to use one that no one else has used yet.

Free tools such as Canva and Paint.net allow anyone with an eye for design the ability to create some pretty decent covers.

Finding Artists

Unless you’re really lucky and have a family member or friend who is a designer or artist finding the right person to do your book’s cover art can be tricky. Deviant art is an excellent place to find pros and if you’re a signed up member you can post job requests on the job boards. You’ll always get someone willing to offer you their talents but as is correct the artists will ask for payment (no one should work for free after all!)

It was through Deviant art that I met the cover artist for the First Fear and the up and coming second Empowered One’s novel. Having a professional cover is an amazing feeling to have as you’re proud to show it off. There are many other places where artists lurk but in my opinion, you should avoid Fiverr as I’ve heard some horror stories.

There are also many pre-made book cover services out there but again the quality is hit and miss, and you cannot guarantee that what you buy is solely yours.

There are some absolute shockingly bad book covers out there. Be sure to not have yours end up on a list like this one

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The First Fear Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Special

Hello, so here it is a project that I’ve been working on for the past two years. If you pre-order before its release in June you can get it for a lower price of just 1.99.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did writing it and here’s a shout for the excellent cover artist Reza Afshar. Check out his other work at – https://artofreza.deviantart.com/ 

Pre-order at: mybook.to/FirstFear

The Supreme rules the world.

For centuries the Supreme has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the ‘Power’ she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities.

Some Resist.

Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the Power and try to fight. These Empowered Ones are hunted mercilessly by the Supreme and her servants, for she knows the threat they pose to her will. None has dared to challenge her outright. That is until now.

Elian, a young boy living at the edge of the Imperium discovers he too possesses the Power with devastating consequences for both himself and the girl he loves. On the run, they encounter a ragtag band of resistance fighters called the Liberators. Among their ranks are others with the gift and their leader Vavius who believes that the key to overthrowing the Supreme lies in the ruins of the ravaged lands of the once mighty Kingdom of Aeranyth.

Pursued and hunted for their gifts by the sinister First Fear and the Hollowed, the world’s fate rests in the hands of the Empowered Ones.

Cover Reveal coming soon!

Hi folks, I have some news on a project I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. Next week I will be unveiling the cover for The First Fear as well as providing links for how you can pre-order an eBook version. This book has been fun to write and I hope that you’ll enjoy it.

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The First Fear Cover Reveal

Hi everyone, as I’m getting close to completing the First Fear I thought I’d share with you the planned book cover and synopsis. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or via social media. As to when you’ll be able to read the book, well I’m aiming to submit it to a publisher (a first for me!), but failing that I’m aiming for a March release.

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A new epic fantasy saga begins!

The Supreme rules the world.

For centuries she has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the ‘Power’ she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities.

Some Resist.

Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the Power and try to fight. These Empowered Ones are hunted mercilessly by the Supreme and her servants, for she knows the threat they pose to her will. None has dared to challenge her outright. That is until now.

Elian, a young man living at the edge of the Imperium discovers he too possesses the Power with devastating consequences for both himself and the people he loves. On the run, they encounter a ragtag band of resistance fighters called the Liberators. Among their ranks are others with the Gift and their leader Vavius who believes that the key to overthrowing the Supreme lies in the ruins of the ravaged lands of the once mighty Kingdom of Aeranyth.

Pursued and hunted for their gifts by the sinister First Fear, the world’s fate rests in the hands of the Empowered Ones.

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A Quick Update – July 30th

Hi, everyone! It’s been a busy few weeks at my end as I gear up for the release of Book 3 in the Sundered Crown Saga and get the other books ready for the soon to be released Book 1-3 boxset. (Sign up to the mailing list to get early access!)

Book Release Week!

To celebrate the launch of Quest for the Sundered Crown (released August 4th)  and to continue this year’s Summer Sale, both Heir to the Sundered Crown and book 2 War for the Sundered Crown will both available to purchase at a discounted rate on both Ebook and paperback formats. The sale begins on August 1st and will run until August 8th.

With help from Rob May, I’ve also been working on designing the paperback book covers for Quest which you can view below –

Return of the Unconquered

For fans of my historical fiction writing (I know there’s a few of you out there!) you’ll be pleased to know that after several years I have finally begun writing book 2 in the series. It took me a long time to decide on how best to proceed with this story as I felt I’d written myself into a bit of a corner with book 1, but thanks to the years in between since I wrote the first one I feel as though I learnt enough and gained enough experience to choose a way out. Book 2 will be dominated by the lead up to and the Battle of Hastings as well as the aftermath. I’m aiming to get a first draft completed of this one by the end of the year.

Also, check out the new cover for Blood of Kings

The First Fear

Work on my other, new fantasy series is still ongoing, and I’ve reached the 40k mark with the first draft. I’ll be writing this book and Unconquered concurrently so I can keep myself fresh by dipping from reality into fantasy if I feel stuck on the other.

 

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The New Look Sundered Crown Saga

The New Look Sundered Crown Saga

Hi everyone!

I’ve been hard at work on book 3 of the Sundered Crown Saga and am pleased to announce the all new look for the series. These new covers will be for both E-book and paperback editions of the books.

 

As well as the new look I will soon be announcing the release of The Sundered Crown Saga 1-3 Box set which will be available to purchase on Amazon in August.

Pre-order Quest for the Sundered Crown

You can pre-order Quest for the Sundered Crown from Amazon now –  myBook.to/Qftsc

Other News
In other news, my Facebook author page finally hit the 2,000 follower mark, a big thank you to those of you who have supported the page.
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The Nightblade is done!

Hi everyone, just letting you know that my next fantasy novel, The Nightblade is finished. I have spent over a year writing the story and I’m happy with the way it’s turned out.

The next step is, of course, the editing phase. My good author friend Rob May has agreed to assist with this and get it as polished as it can possibly be. You can read a very rough version of the story on Wattpad, (please bear in mind that the finished article has a completely different ending and a lot of extra scenes).

The release date will be sometime in October so stay tuned for updates!

Synopsis

When darkness rises, the Nightblade is never far behind.

It came from the forest. A creature not seen in the peaceful lands of Mid-lake for millennia.

A farmer disappears and strange sounds are heard in the nearby forest prompting Alther, an old man with a mysterious past to investigate. What he discovers could threaten not just Mid-lake but the Kingdom of Delfinnia as a whole.

The Nightblade is a tale of adventure, mystery and magic and casts light on the events leading up to the Sundered Crown Saga.

The epic Sundered Crown Saga is available on kindle and paperback now!
Heir to the Sundered Crown (Book 1) – http://a.co/cRiRqBL
War for the Sundered Crown (Book 2) – http://a.co/39JC6qc
Paperback editions –
Heir to the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1XDSxlg
War for the Sundered Crown http://amzn.to/1RiVFDs

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Terran Defenders – New cover art

Hi all, just thought I would do a little post on the new cover art Rob May has created for the Terran Defenders series. As you can see below the covers and text are now consistent of each other.

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Don’t forget to pre-order Terran Defenders! It will be available to buy on Kindle August 12th.

Pre-order links:

USA- https://amzn.com/B01IPY5SW2

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IPY5SW2

Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01IPY5SW2

Australia – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01IPY5SW2

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TERRAN DEFENDERS – PRE-ORDER NOW!

Here it is folks my latest book! I really enjoyed writing this one, creating the world and characters was a lot of fun. You can read the synopsis below. I really hope that you will get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Terran Defenders

The year is 2396, mankind has spread among the stars and mingled with the galaxy’s many alien races.

Humanity’s golden age ended in the fires of civil war a decade earlier. An uneasy peace remains between the government of the Earth-based United World Alliance and the Colonial Federation, a group of colonies seeking the freedom to forge their own path. With humankind scarred by the brutal conflict things that should never have been forgotten were lost.
In the fighting, the order of the Terran Defenders was wiped out and with them the knowledge that a deadly old enemy still lingers in the depths of space. With the Terran Defenders no longer in existence, it will fall upon a motley band of misfits and outcasts to take up the legendary order’s mantle and save the Galaxy or die trying.

Mase, a bounty hunter more interested in money and loose women finds himself taking on the job from hell when he and his robot partner JERRY are sent after a mysterious bounty. Their target, a beautiful yet deadly woman named Kara Brighte, the granddaughter of the last Terran Defender.

 

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USA- https://amzn.com/B01IPY5SW2

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IPY5SW2

Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01IPY5SW2

Australia – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01IPY5SW2

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