As a book cover designer with a reputation for making covers that sell, I wanted to find a way to help more indie authors save money and take control of their cover design, without the risk of making an ugly cover that would destroy their book’s one and only chance of making a good first impression. I tried a bunch of options but they were all too hard to learn, or gave authors too much freedom and not enough structure.
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.
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, change the fonts and colors… and have a beautiful cover in just minutes.
All this means that, for the first time, I was 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.
To get all the templates – plus the templates for my new Cover Maker tool – you can join as a member.
If you want a sample package of templates and a free guide to designing covers in MS Word, click the big orange button.
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These templates are not meant to be used “as is” for your book cover. Some of them are based on bestselling books just to demonstrate the kinds of book covers you can achieve in MS Word.