|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.