You try to get reviews but your emails go unanswered. You advertise and promote but nobody is buying.
Your book is getting rejected by people who haven't even read it yet. That means you have a packaging problem.
Indie authors are in the precarious position of being in control of their own covers. Even if you hire a designer, unless you know what you're doing, you're going to end up with something that might look good to you but won't actually sell the book. Don't trust your instincts. Learn how to make covers that SELL.
I know how frustrating it can be to get a great book cover design. I made my own cover for my first book over 10 years ago, and I spent months making it perfect – or so I thought. When it didn't sell, I realized the cover needed to be better, so I became a Photoshop expert and began studying what kind of covers sell books. Now I have my own book cover design business, and I get so much demand I have to keep my prices high.
But I wanted to find a way to help indie authors get quality book design at a bargain price. None of the online tools available could make the type of powerful covers I'm known for. Premade templates often looking amateurish, and most of them are made in Photoshop so even if you buy them, you can't make even simple changes yourself.
I had a breakthrough when I discovered Microsoft Word has features that make designing easy - if you know what you're doing. So I made over 150 book cover templates in MS Word, so that authors could use a program they are already familiar with. It's easy to open the templates, switch the images and edit the text, and save the file as a ready-to-use cover.
But I wasn't satisfied, so I invested thousands of dollars making my own online book cover design tool. You can use it on any computer connected to the internet, and it will always be totally free for everyone.
Hundreds of authors have used my design templates and tutorials to make their own book covers, and I've been surprised by the quality of what they've been able to produce.
This course contains a lot of the material that's available on DIYBookCovers.com; I put it here because it's more organized and easier to process.
There are also individual sections for making covers in Photoshop, MS Word and with my online cover design tool.
I like to give away information for free, so indie authors can get started. But if you sign up you'll also get a bunch of additional book cover templates and resources that will save time and shorten your learning curve.
There are lots of templates for designing in MS Word, and I still plan to perfect my online cover design tool, which is as powerful as Photoshop but online, and I'll be adding more Photoshop templates and marketing materials as well (eventually, though it's one of many ambitious plans). Don't worry, you'll get lifetime access to everything I add in the future.
Derek Murphy has a Ph.D. in Literature and has spent the past decade helping authors design and publish bestselling books. These days he's focused on writing his own fiction and non-fiction, and shopping for a castle to use as a writer's retreat. Derek and his wife are location independent and rotate between Asia, Europe and the USA.