When it came to buying a cover for my e-books, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. While I would have loved to have original designs done by cover artists, it simply wasn’t in my budget. I thought about trying to learn how to do cover designs myself, perhaps using photos I had taken, but that would be time-consuming, and I already felt I was putting a lot of time into this project.
Fortunately, I was turned on to a website called Fiver.com. It’s a crazy, amazing concept where people advertise what service they will provide for five dollars. Need a resume? They will write one. Need a book promotion? They’ll tweet news about your book for X amount of days. Need a book cover? They will design one using covers from the public domain. Of course the catch is another book could possibly have the same cover as yours, but I figured it was a chance worth taking. Other costs can be added to the basic five dollars, such as a higher resolution, that’s another five, delivery within a shorter time, another five, and if you want to give the designer a tip (totally optional). You can also order a print cover, if you are planning on using CreateSpace. I ended up spending $20 on the first cover and was delighted with the design. I have been able to keep the same person for all five covers, and each time I’ve been very satisfied with the product. It’s a fairly easy way to order a book cover, if you are on a tight budget.So this was the cover for the first e-book, and I have to admit, he is pretty cute. I thought it tied in well with the title of the book, too.