Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dragon premade book cover

I just finished a dark, medieval looking dragon book cover and posted it on SelfPub for sale. Each cover is only sold once so when someone buys it, it's gone and is theirs only.

dragon premade book cover ccr
Dragon premade book cover by ccr

SelfPub has a limited selection of fonts for those designing online so I would recommend to whoever buys it to download just the art and play around with your own typography.

I used Chantelli Antiqua for the title, in orange with a hand-painted fade to yellow. To do that in GIMP, the art program I use, you use the Select-by-Color tool, make sure your title layer is selected, click anywhere on the orange, then airbrush some yellow along the bottom. For the author name, I used Optimus Princeps, one of my favorites, and expanded the width between the letters.

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Here is the before and after...


And one more image with the Rule of Thirds overlay - the gray lines...


The Rule of Thirds is especially helpful in title placement. Instead of random and disjointed, the book cover has balance and a subconscious sense of "rightness". The dragon takes up most of the four boxes in the upper left, there is a good balance of negative space in the other two boxes - the direction the dragon is looking, and the title takes up most of the three boxes at the bottom. Placing the title any higher up or in the middle would look out of balance and decrease the impact on the viewer. A tag line could easily go along the top of the book, above the dragon's head, or in the far right box just above the E in the title.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Add hyperlinks to table of contents in Open Office

This is the quick, easy way to add hyperlinks to your table of contents in Open Office (the easy way in Microsoft Word is here). There is another, more complicated way, but I'm not a fan. This is the one I use:


  • After your book is complete, type your table of contents if you haven't already.
  • Scroll down to the first chapter in your book and highlight the chapter title (not the title in the table of contents, but the actual chapter title in the book).
  • Click Insert (near the top of the screen), click Bookmark, type the bookmark name in the text box using this format "book_chaptertitle" (for example, my first chapter bookmark was named redneckmama_stupiddogs), click OK.
  • Repeat with all chapters. (Don't keep using the same chapter title. Hopefully that goes without saying. For example my second chapter bookmark was named redneckmama_pavlovsdaughter.)
  • Go back to your table of contents and highlight the first entry.
  • Click Insert, click Hyperlink, click the target icon (in the Target in Document section), double-click Bookmarks, click the corresponding title, click Apply, Close, Apply, Close.
  • Repeat with the rest of your table of contents.


That's all there is to it. This is what the table of contents looks like in an early version of my book One Good Redneck Mama. Of course you don't have to have spaces in between your titles; type it up any way you like it.

how to add hyperlinks to table of contents in Open Office
Add hyperlinks to table of contents in Open Office


Add hyperlinks to table of contents in Word

This is the quick, easy way to add hyerlinks to your table of contents in Microsoft Word (the easy way for Open Office is here). There is another, more complicated way but I'm not a fan. This is the one I use:

  • After your book is complete, type your table of contents if you haven't already.
  • Scroll down to the first chapter in your book and highlight the chapter title (not the title in the table of contents, but the actual chapter in the book).
  • Click the Insert tab, click Bookmark, name it using this format "book_chaptertitle" (for example, my first chapter bookmark was named molly_acknowledgments), click Add.
  • Repeat with all chapters. (Don't keep using the same chapter title. Hopefully that goes without saying. For example, my second chapter bookmark was named molly_ireland.)
  • Go back to your table of contents and highlight the first entry.
  • Click the Insert tab, click Hyperlink, click Bookmark, select the corresponding bookmark, click OK, and OK again.
  • Repeat with the rest of your table of contents.

That's all there is to it. This is what the table of contents look like in my family history book, Molly McBride: Texas Pioneer. Of course you don't have to have spaces in between your titles; type it up however you like it.

add hyperlinks to table of contents in microsoft word
Add hyperlinks to table of contents in Word



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