How To Quickly Create an Awesome Book Cover on a Shoestring Budget

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Covers matter. We all know it. But covers are often expensive or take lots of time to design. Here’s how you can squeeze the most out of a shoestring design budget.

Hi Nick Brodd here. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Fiverr, the site where you can get small tasks done for $5. On Fiverr you can also get covers designed. Most likely you won’t get the high-end quality design. But you can get something nice.

In other terms, if you can’t afford spending a couple of hundred dollar on a better design, if you can’t spend days learning how to use Photoshop and design a cover yourself, you can easily hire someone from Fiverr that has more experience with design and will get the task done for only $5.

Here’s how:

  1. Head over to fiverr.com and if you haven’t already set up an account
  2. Do a search via the search bar for “book cover” or “kindle cover”
  3. Click on each gig. Review the number of positive reviews and high ratings the supplier got. If available, also review their portfolio of completed gigs and see if their design matches your taste.
  4. Order the gig

What most people do at this stage is that they simply send the supplier their book title, their pen name and any text they developed for the back cover. From that point onward, they rely on the supplier to come up with a design they like.

Big mistake! I’ve tried it. For me it never worked. Like always when you delegate something, you need to give instructions. The better your instructions, the better your results.

Show your supplier an example of what you want and explain the details:

  1. Preferably show them someone else’s book cover that you want to model.
  2. Describe what colors you want to use.
  3. Share any font or font size preferences (if you know what you want).

This way ambiguity goes out the window and your chances improve. After all, if you don’t know what you want, how would your supplier know? But there are also aspects of the Fiverr platform that enhances your chances of success further.

Most suppliers on Fiverr want to make sure they only have positive reviews. If you don’t like the end product, most suppliers will work with you and make revisions until you’re happy and post a positive review.

In the end of the day, your chances of success with Fiverr will obviously still be less than 100%. But we’re talking about a pretty low risk approach here. After all, if it doesn’t work out, all you’ve lost is $5.

So increase your chances by ordering a couple of gigs in parallel. It won’t cost you a fortune and you’ll lose less time if one supplier doesn’t work out for you.

In other terms, what I recommend if money is really tight is that you experiment with Fiverr until you find a supplier you can trust. If money on the other hand is less of an object you may want to better your chances and spend $50 with an Elance supplier. Or you can step up the game further and spend $299 with 99 Designs.

The choice is yours.

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I am a productivity enthusiast, family man, author, executive and entrepreneur. However, the titles I’m most proud of are: 1. Husband 2. Co-creator of the world’s best twin boy and girl. :)
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