Eye catching Amazon Kindle book covers in MS Word
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Eye catching Amazon Kindle book covers in MS Word

Create covers fast and easily. Save money or profit by doing them for others.
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Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
526 students enrolled
Created by Shane Reed
Last updated 7/2015
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  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create an ebook cover using Microsoft Word
  • Have complete control over book cover creation
  • Know where to find suitable images for covers, both free and paid for
  • Create covers for a series in seconds
  • Brand book covers to create them in minutes
  • Save a lot of money by creating the covers yourself
  • Have an potential income stream creating covers for others
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  • You'll need access to a computer with Microsoft Word installed
  • Basic image editing skills are a bonus, but not necessary

Over 500 students in 24 hours!

Is this course for you?

Have you created an ebook? Are you creating one? Do you want to create one?

At some point, you'll need a cover for that book.

Have you seen how much they cost or paid someone in the past? Have you seen or experienced the results?

Maybe in the past you've used an online cover creator but found your covers to be a bit stale.

Perhaps you've hired someone to create the cover for you but the cover didn't really stand out as much as you thought it would ... and making any changes would have required more money.

A series of books will require a cover for each book. And that would normally be an additional cost per book.

Not any more!

With this course you'll learn how to create your own book covers with Microsoft Word.

  • Save money:
    • Create the covers yourself in Word and not pay anyone to do them for you.

  • Have complete control:
    • If you want to make any changes, you can make them. Free.
  • Make money:
    • You can even use the techniques in this course to create covers for others and pocket the profit.

I'm using Word version 2013 in the demonstrations, but newer or older versions are very similar and you'll be able follow along easily. I even show you how to watch the course and create your cover at the same time.

Take this course. You'll have fun, save money, make money if you create covers for others and there's a 30 day money back guarantee if you're not satisfied.

Who is the target audience?
  • Self published Authors
  • People who want to self publish ebooks for Kindle and other markets
  • People who want to learn to create covers fast and get a potential income stream
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Curriculum For This Course
Why this course?
1 Lecture 01:47

The bottom line, or top in this case, is that you save money.

Here are some reasons WHY you would want to create your own covers.

Preview 01:47
Why Microsoft Word?
2 Lectures 02:11

Yes, it's Word Processing software, but here's why we're using it for creating a book cover.

Preview 00:58

Here's how to find out which version you are running.

Of course, you can use newer or older versions than demonstrated in these videos. Things are likely to be in pretty much the same place. These video tutorials though should give you enough information to find things if they've moved a bit in your version.

Preview 01:13
Some Basics you might not already know
2 Lectures 01:58

No problem if you make a mistake. You don't have to start again.

Preview 00:51
Images: What, Where ... ?
3 Lectures 09:01

A useful tip to make your covers "ping". This approach can be used to simplify many other things too.

Preview 01:40

Some useful tips and examples of how to utilize existing images or choose images that others don't use.

Preview 04:29

Here you'll find a list of often used sites for stock photos, along with some not so well known tips for where to get additional images. Some of the images you can get are free and royalty free, allowing you to use them for your covers. There's also a download for you to expand the list.

Where to find images
The Meat
13 Lectures 22:30

Watch this. It makes things easier for you later.

How the layout works from here

How to resize a page in Word and the recommended page size for creating book covers.

Here're a few tips to help avoid having to type so much and to skip having to Google different sizes in different measurements.

Resize the page

Set the margins to a more suitable size.

I've included a little trick to so you don't have to do so much work.

Set the margins

A couple of ways that you can add any picture, the initial background picture in this example, to your Word document and be able to move and resize the image.

Adding A Background Picture

How to add additional images to your cover

Add more pictures

You don't HAVE to have the image exactly like the original

Flipping Images

Cut out the excess to better suit your book cover

Get rid of most of the junk

Removing background colors to make the book cover image look crisp

Make the background invisible

This method for inserting text onto your book cover is good for Author blocks.

The easiest way to insert text onto your cover

Another method for inserting text onto your cover. Can be used in combination with method 1.

Good for Author Blocks

Have more control over inserting text

This method of inserting text REALLY makes your Title block ping.

AND you can use it in combination with either of the methods from the other lectures.

Make your Author block "ping"

Creating a series

You need your cover to be an image, rather than a Word document. Here's how.

Turn your cover into an image
About the Instructor
Shane Reed
4.4 Average rating
17 Reviews
2,878 Students
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Musician, Author, IT Freak and swinger of a pendulum

My background is in IT Consulting and music. I was a Military Musician before getting into IT for 15+ years and then escaping the ratrace and getting back into music.

As an IT Consultant, I needed to learn things. Fast. I was seen as the guy with the answers for all IT related problems and I needed to know at least a little about a lot. I needed to be one step ahead of my clients in all computer related aspects of their business.

I teach music as a peri at local schools and Saxophone privately at a local studio as well as play in several bands.

I've written many books, both physical and digital, mostly under pen names.

Oh, and I'm a qualified Hypnotist as well :-)