Monday, January 26, 2015

Horror premade book cover

This turned out a wee bit creepier than I intended. (Wouldn't you love to hear Stephen King say that?)

horror premade book cover by ccr
Horror premade book cover with skull by ccr
It's for sale on my gallery at SelfPub... www.selfpubbookcovers.com/CherylCCR . If you get there and can't find this one, it means someone else already bought it. Each cover is only sold once.

On SelfPub you can do all your text right there online - try it out before you buy it. And once you buy it you can edit and re-download as much as you want.

When you buy it, you can also download just the artwork and try out your own favorite fonts. Here's one way it could go...

horror pre-designed book cover
Horror pre-designed book cover with skull by ccr

The word "title" is the Dead Kansas font (dafont.com). Author Name and "the book" are the Tall Dark and Handsome Condensed font (dafont.com). The tagline and author byline are Trebuchet.

Here it is with the Rule of Thirds, just to see how things were placed...

Rule of Thirds on horror premade book cover by ccr

Gray lines are the Rule of Thirds. Yellow lines are the "bleed area" that's helpful to have when you upload for print. For ebooks, it looks good to crop that off but you don't have to.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Author resource - kboards.com

If you're an indie writer and a fan of publishing for the kindle, hopefully you've already heard of the Writer's Cafe on kboards.com . As a designer and a children's book writer, any time I have a question or problem, that is the first place I check for answers from people who have already been through it.

Even when there is not a problem, it's great to browse the discussion forum to keep on top of issues and see how you can keep making things better in your world of writing, publishing, and marketing.

Here are just a few of the topics up today on the forum (I'm about to dig in and read a little bit):

Great article: Kris Rusch's Things Indie Writers Learned in 2014




You also get to post small thumbnails of up to 5 of your books in your forum signature, with links. The size rules and how-to's are here:


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And, on that note, I'm parking a few new book covers on my store into one jpg right here so I can link to it and have it show up in my signature on kboards :)



Sunday, December 28, 2014

East Coast romance - pre-made, pre-designed book cover with a lighthouse

This premade book cover is pretty much an East Coast romance. The colors are soft, the couple is wearing sweaters and a scarf, and it has a lighthouse in the background. It's available on the SelfPub pre-designed book covers store.


East Coast romance - pre-made, pre-designed book cover with a lighthouse
East Coast romance - pre-made, pre-designed book cover with a lighthouse

On SelfPub, you can customize the cover online and preview it before you buy it, or you can buy just the art if you like to use your own software for the typography. The covers work for print and ebook.

Each cover is one-of-a-kind and only sold once, so if you don't see this one, it means someone else bought it already.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Object art - bold red premade book cover with a lion head door knocker

Today's pre-designed book cover is all about high impact. The bold, uncluttered ones are usually my favorites. Definite eye-catchers. It's available on the SelfPub premade book covers store here.

On SelfPub, you can customize the cover online and preview it before you buy it, or you can buy just the art if you like to use your own software for the typography. The covers work for print and ebook.

Each cover is one-of-a-kind and only sold once, so if you don't see this one, it means someone else bought it already.

Object art - bold red premade book cover lion head door knocker. Thriller, mystery, pre-designed book cover.

Object art premade book cover for Thriller, Mystery genre, etc.
Bold red with lion head door knocker

Monday, October 6, 2014

Gun, cigar, whiskey, mysterious guy... premade book cover

Just posted this on my book cover store. I think it turned out pretty cool. The author can choose to have the guy in the background or ditch him. We have 4 separate images going on here for a one-of-a-kind book cover. It will only be sold once (just like all my other pre-designed book covers).

Authors, I'm happy to send just the cover art, in case you want to do the typography yourself on your own software. Seems like this would benefit someone who is writing a serial and wants to use the same cover for each part, but with changes in the titling on each release. It would also be helpful for someone who likes to do the typography themselves so it coordinates with their other books.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Some of the CCR pre-designed book covers on SelfPub

I've loaded several covers to SelfPubBookCovers.com . They're not on my regular store, so no worries about them being used by more than one author.

One cool SelfPub feature is that, after an author customizes their cover online and purchases it, I can submit tweaks/changes (font placement, color, etc.) and they can use the suggestions or ignore them. That worked out well for Alan Norris's Fly the King's Colors, volume 2 in the Reluctant Warrior series. We were able to make it coordinate well with the volume 1 cover.

AND... SelfPub has featured three of my covers as their Cover of the Day on their Facebook page! Woohoo!

Here is a screen shot of some of the covers currently available on my SelfPub gallery. Once a cover is purchased, however, it is removed from the site (and never sold again).


ccr pre-designed premade book covers



Monday, August 18, 2014

Book title ideas

In the move from my own pre-made book cover store to selfpubbookcovers.com, I'm deleting all old sample files that have long since been sold and become covers to actual books. I've been making up sample titles for my pre-designed book covers just so I didn't have to look at 'Your Title' or 'Book Title' a thousand times. It was one of the fun parts of making the covers and on rare occasions a writer would ask to keep the sample title for their book (which tickled me pink!)

As I was deleting old files, I found it hard to just erase some of these titles from memory so I'm putting them here. These are the ones that, to me, have a particularly poetic feel. Maybe someone will stumble upon this list and find the perfect title for their story. There is no rule about different books having the same title but I would do a search anyway just to make sure it hadn't been over-used.

Blind Man's Song
Book of Eden
Breath and Bone
Dust and Bone
A Dust of Dreams
Earthbound
Evangeline
Flawless
If I Forget Thee
Jericho's Storm
Jessica, My Love
Last Road Home
Love and Other Deadly Things
Oceans Wild and Blue
Salvation Road

Most of these just popped in my head because of the look and feel of the cover I was working on. Sometimes I would browse old prose or song lyrics and see what word jumped out at me.

The only one that is an actual line from an old poem or song is If I Forget Thee from William Faulkner's poem, "If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem". Two other inspirations were Blackstone Cherry's song "Blind Man", and the movie "Book of Eli".

If you find one of these useful, feel free to give a shout out in the comments and link to your book. I'd love to see it and maybe someone else reading this will be curious about your book too.