I have a cover for Oh Auntie, the first book I’ll be self-publishing on Kindle. Here it is.
It’s important to check how this will look in black and white, since this is how it will appear on the Kindle itself. Obviously it’s in colour on Amazon’s sales page. The text on this particular version didn’t work very well monochrome. So daughter Caiti had a rethink and came up with this one which is much better in black and white.
There’s a lot of advice on making covers for ebooks out there on the Net. For every person who says one thing, someone says the exact opposite! You have to use your own judgement and common sense to a large degree. The way I see it, you need the following:
1. An attractive, eye-catching design that gives an idea of what the book is about.
2. It needs to work in both colour and black and white.
3. The author’s name and the title in large, clear type.
4. Children’s books need artwork of some sort, an illustration for younger children certainly, and maybe a photo for older kids.
5. Simple and not too fussy. Possibly my picture is a little too detailed, but I love it, so I’ll see how it goes as it is. My artist, Roger Fereday, hasn’t worked on ebooks before either, so we’re both learning as we go along.