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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.
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.
Yes, it's Word Processing software, but here's why we're using it for creating a book cover.
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.
A useful tip to make your covers "ping". This approach can be used to simplify many other things too.
Some useful tips and examples of how to utilize existing images or choose images that others don't use.
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.
Watch this. It makes things easier for you later.
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.
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.
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.
How to add additional images to your cover
You don't HAVE to have the image exactly like the original
Cut out the excess to better suit your book cover
Removing background colors to make the book cover image look crisp
This method for inserting text onto your book cover is good for Author blocks.
Another method for inserting text onto your cover. Can be used in combination with method 1.
Good for Author Blocks
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.
You need your cover to be an image, rather than a Word document. Here's how.
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 :-)