Make your own book cover design in MS Word.
Customizable, easy-to-use book cover templates for indie authors,
based on the design principles of bestselling books.
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Getting Ready to Self-Publish Your Book?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could use a software you’re already familiar with to make your own beautiful and
professional book cover, without the risk of common design flaws that can cripple book sales?
Authors are trying much too hard to market books with ugly covers. I know this because I see them all over. Promoting a book with an ugly cover is like rolling a boulder uphill – everything you do is so much harder, from getting reviews to winning awards to selling more books.
As a book cover designer, I wanted to find a way to help more indie authors save money and take control of their publishing by doing their own book cover design, without the risk of making an ugly cover that would destroy their book’s chance of success.
I tried a bunch of options but they were all too hard to learn, or required each author starting from scratch. I finally decided to try designing covers in Microsoft Word: a program most authors already know how to use and have installed at home (or know someone who does).
It took me a few months of practice, but I discovered that, contrary to popular belief, you can make a pretty incredible book cover yourself using MS Word 2010. It’s easy to edit layers, transparency, strip out background, add text effects, gradients, borders, decorations and dividers.
A few of the DIY cover templates I’ve made…
These templates are designed in Word 2010. While I’ll make a 2003-2007 version of each template, and you can still edit them to make your cover, some of the special features only work in Word 2010.
The great thing about these covers is that anybody with MS Word can edit them!
You can replace the pictures and the Word file will keep all the settings I’ve picked. You can retype the titles and subtitles, and add your author name. There’s even a layers function, so I can leave in several different text layouts on each cover.
All this means that, for the first time, I’m able to offer self-publishing authors easily customizable book cover templates, so they can make their own unique cover without it looking amateur or homemade.
These DIY covers are for those authors who aren’t ready to hire a professional for hundreds of dollars, but want a professional looking cover that they can make themselves.
These Templates Are Easy to Use, And Save Time.
You don’t need expensive or complicated graphic design programs, a super
powerful computer with lots of memory or advanced computer skills.
I’m giving away some free templates and a PDF guide (up above), so you can see if this is for you and make sure you’re comfortable using the features in MS Word. And yes, you can start making your own covers in MS Word by yourself, without the templates – but I wouldn’t recommend it.
You see, having the right tools and ability doesn’t mean you’re ready to design your own book cover from scratch: a book cover is like a blank canvas, and it is easy to waste months obsessing about it, without producing quality results.
The most useful benefit of these templates is that it will give you some creative boundaries. By using one of these templates, which are all so different and unique, you’ll know you’re starting with a strong, professional design basis, and you can “color within the lines” of tried-and-true book cover design that sells books. That will save you time so you can go back to the thing that’s most important: writing another book.
I want to make these templates as useful as possible, so I’m also developing some training videos, a quick start PDF, and a walk-through of a few of the covers. To increase the value I’ll be giving away my book marketing guide, instructions (and a free online tool) to make your own ebooks, and some other cool stuff.
Why not use some other book cover templates or software?
There aren’t many cheap book cover design options… but there are a few. It’s possible to buy a template from someone else for as little as $30, or sign up for a book cover design software for about as much. Some of them are even pretty good – if what they offer is exactly what your book needs. But most come as .psd (Photoshop) files so you’d still need someone to edit them, or else use some new software that you aren’t familiar with, and the majority of their samples really aren’t that great anyway. If you need a simple and clean non-fiction book cover, it may be good enough for you.
But fiction covers are a different story. It’s very hard to do them well – there’s so much competition already, you need a truly amazing book cover, not something that’s “good enough.” I’m an established designer with a proven track record of successful clients and cover designs that substantially increase sales. I don’t need to be making templates – I have plenty of client work as it is. But I’m doing it because I know indie authors need a low-cost cover design solution, and I thought templates in MS Word could be just the thing.
How many templates will I get?
Originally I’d planned to make just 100 templates, but after making 150, I still feel like I’m just starting to get the hang of it. I know I can do better, so I’m working on another 150 that will be ready in a couple months. A one-time purchase of DIY book covers will make you a member for life, and I’ll let you know when a new package of templates is ready to download. (I’ve set up a “member’s area” where you can download new files, watch the training videos, and get the free extra bonuses I plan to surprise you with.)
Here’s what the DIY Book Covers package includes
- A list of all the fonts I used on all my sample covers, so you can install them on your computer and use them
- A quick-start guide explaining in detail how to use, edit and save the documents
- My top secret method to save your cover as a PDF and JPG to get high-resolution files, ready for Kindle and other sites
- An insider’s guide to finding art, pictures and designs to use on the cover
- A list of my favorite fonts for each genre
- Training videos and sample tutorials to get you up to speed
- 150 DIY templates ready to download and use right now (half fiction/half non-fiction)
- Another 150 templates which will be even more awesome (ready in a month or two)
- Lifetime access to all future cover templates I make for DIY book covers
- A free copy of my new book on marketing and promotion for indie authors
Now Accepting Limited Pre-Orders
I charge at least $449 for just one ebook cover design, and my clients know my covers sell books, attract publishers and get a lot of reviews. That’s why over 75% of my clients come back to me with repeat business for their next project.
But the whole point of DIY covers is to let me offer an affordable option to authors who want to take control and do more of the work themselves, so I’m pricing the total package – which will include at least 300 templates – at only $87.
I want to get the ball rolling and test the demand – so I’m going to allow 50 pre-orders, for a limited time only, for just $47. You’ll get all the same stuff as the people who pay later at full price, you just save some money by ordering early.
Order now and get all the DIY
book cover templates for just $47
This is a ONE-TIME charge.
It is NOT a recurring fee.
But it’s not ready yet. 100 covers takes a long time, and I want to make sure they’re perfect and easy to use. I also need to make the quick start guides, training videos… I hope to have everything done by the end of December, 2013.
For now, sign up to stay informed.
Stay tuned for updates!
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Wishing you publishing success,
Can I use this on my Mac?
DIY Cover Templates work equally well on Mac or a PC, as long as you have Microsoft Word 2010 installed. MS Word is not a free program so make sure you have a working copy before you buy these templates.
I only have MS Word 2003/2007 - can I still use the templates?
Some of the unique features I used to make these templates will be unavailable in earlier versions of MS Word; however I’ve saved an additional copy of each template as backwards-compatible, and will have a supplementary guide to customizing the template in earlier versions of Word. Although you can still make a great cover with these templates in earlier versions of Word, they won’t look exactly the same as my samples. (You can download a free one month trial of Word 2010 here.)
What if I get stuck?
I hope my guides and training videos will be enough to get you started, but if you get stuck, just email me and I’ll try to help you out – derekmurphy (at) creativindie (dot) com.
How do I save my cover for Kindle/ other sites?
Once your Word document cover is finished, there are several ways you can save it or convert it to a JPG that’s the perfect size for Kindle (instructions are included in the package). The templates are set at 6″x9″ or 1800x2700px – a little more than Amazon’s recommended size, and the height/width ratio I prefer. It’s easy to change your template to another cover size, such as 5″x8″.
Won't all the book covers look the same?
The images in these book cover templates are meant to be replaced, not used. You can search for similar stock photography or art-work, and change the photos easily so that your cover will be 100% unique. You can also drag and drop elements from one template into another, or find another font for the title. There will be over 300 different templates, and with so many options nobody will ever guess you used a template.
I need a full print cover for Createspace...
These templates are made for front covers, but making a full print cover for Createspace is possible and not too much harder once you’re familiar with MS Word. I’m including a walk-through guide and video in the package, as well as a few full-cover templates, to help out as much as possible.