Do you want to make a killer cover?

I sure do, those are the ones that sale.

A killer cover, gets the shopper to click and hopefully buy.

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But that means the cover must look great in a 1 inch square.

If you follow my blog, you already know I’m working on publishing a children’s book.

You’ve listened to me bitch, moan, complain and crow (just a little) about the process. As I get down to the wire, making my cover work for an ebook and a print book.

Seems one size does not fit all.

I know I can’t be the only one struggling with this dilemma. So I thought y’all might be interested in some of the stuff I’ve uncovered in my research.

Turns out there is a lot out there on making a book cover pop.

According to Derek Murphy over at Creative Indie Covers, the “main thing about the cover has to be the images; the text just needs to be built INTO the picture in a subtle or complimentary manner.” Click here to read the rest of his article.

In another post, Mr. Murphy explains just what is important. He reminds us that people aren’t going to squint to read the title. “The thumbnail should look clean and professionally designed. It should be balanced with complimentary colors and nice spacing between elements. And if possible (difficult as a thumbnail) it should be eye-catching and evoke an emotional response (surprise, lust, interest, humor…)” Click and read…

The most important thing about your book cover thumbnail now has a template for ebook design. I found this very helpful in moving text, pictures around for my cover. Canva enables you to mix and match different art and photos. Go to Canva and have some fun playing with your cover. gives an abundance of good advice for your cover. “First of all, a “cover” for a Kindle book really isn’t a cover at all.  It’s a flat image that will be displayed on various web pages – most likely as a thumbnail, but also in a larger format if the user wants to have a look.  For print books, not only does the front of the cover have to be good, but the back must be designed correctly too, with a catchy quote or blurb that captures the reader’s attention and makes them want to spend more time with the book.  On the web, none of this happens: readers who want to know more click on your book, and an Amazon page pops up with all kinds of information about the book: blurbs, author bio, reviews, and so on.  This information takes the place of the back cover.” To read the entire article click on…

Kindle Book “Covers” – What You Should Know

The Five Secrets to a Killer eBook Cover

So, fancy or plain, the main thing I got from all of these articles is that my book cover thumbnail needs to pop. The title needs to be readable, and the picture should draw the shopper’s eye.

If the shopper doesn’t click on my thumbnail, odds are I’ve lost a sale.

I hope these tips help you. Me? I’m more confused than ever.

Any of y’all have some good advice for making a great thumbnail cover? Please share.

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6 thoughts on “Do you want to make a killer cover?

  1. Thank you so much for all of the helpful information and downloads. I was told I needed to change the cover for my ebook, and I didn’t think I could afford to pay for one so I chose one of Amazon’s freebies. I’m not happy with it. I want to have them put it in a print book also, but I don’t want to be stuck with the cover it has. I’m going to check out some of the websites that have covers to choose from and tips on how to create your own, see if I can come up with something better.

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    1. Have you looked at They have a ebook cover and you can use the template for a print book too. You can use your own original art work or purchase from their selection. Another place to check out is, not just for an artist to design your cover but for ideas. I found my illustrator through just asking, everyone and everywhere. Took her drawings and made my own cover using Good luck!

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