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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Your eBook cover is like a Bikini ...
Covering the bare essentials while teasing with promises of mysteries to be unveiled.

A compelling cover design that captures your story and genre while still standing out and being special is a must!

The cover and blurb power combo will get readers to pick you your book.

Your writing should get them to see it through to the end.

The cover has to still look good and be readable in thumbnail size 

since people will be browsing on their phones, their e-readers, online etc.

Cover art is one of the most effective marketing tools an author can use.

You brand yourself with that image and it will be seen over and over again in conjunction with whatever promotion you do for your work.

Buyers WILL judge your book by its cover - 

because they have to!

Apart from the sales copy on your web page, 

the cover of your ebook is the only thing they've got to go on when deciding whether or not to buy.

1: The Title

Your ebook title needs to be short and punchy.

Thumbnails are cruel to long titles. 
I, of course, have to be different!

But you, my friends, have to write tight!

2: Choice of fonts

Ebook covers are small so you need to use fonts that are compact and easy to read.

3: The Illustration

An ebook cover that's just plain text can be pretty boring.

An image will liven up your design.

Whether you use a photo or some other graphic, 
the image you use 
needs to key into the theme of your ebook 
and help to get your message across.

4: Color

Color is another useful tool in the design of your ebook cover. 

Colors have their own energies - 
red is forceful
blue is conservative, 
green is calming, 
yellow is exciting, 
and so on.

Pick one main color that ties in with the theme of your ebook and use other colors sparingly. 

Like fonts, using too many can obscure your message.

5: Image quality

Your cover image must be razor sharp and crystal clear 
to sell your ebook! 

Too many of the ebook images you see on the Internet 
are fuzzy and flat.

One way to get good image quality 
is to design at a larger scale that the final image size. 

It's easier to work on and reducing the design 
to the required size will enhance its clarity.

People WILL judge your ebook by its cover 
so design it well. 

Remember, the better the cover, the bigger the sales!

(Unless you're talking about my latest)

It was a great cover, wasn't it?

And talking about 

Here is Chris Fey's review:

"Roland Yeoman is an amazing writer, and that is evident from just the first sentence.

 He has a beautiful way with words that is poetic. His descriptions are vivid and artistic. 

Adding to Yeoman’s writing style is the stunning artwork at the beginning and the insightful quotes at the start of each chapter.

Before this story begins, Drew August (or Wolf Howl), was found in a park as a baby and was once wanted by the government for his mind, but when he refused to be bought, they wanted him dead. 

Now there are no governments... after the Mayan Prophesy of 2012, the world is coming to an end. 

Drew escaped by going sideways, an ability to bend pace he’s had from birth. Now Earth is in a different part of space where new rules apply and strange creatures exist.

With a woman named Shadow and a wizard named Nikola Tesla, 

Drew rescues an orphan girl named Abby, who was trained to be a killer. 

I liked Abby right way; her darkness, vulnerability, and strength. Her dialogue is perfect. I really enjoyed her sarcasm.

The four of them embark on a journey to save the world. 

An Egyptian goddess even makes an appearance, which I found quite fun. 

Suspense and moments of humor make up this unique story.

Note: There’s quite a bit of philosophical talk and thoughts in this story. I mention this only for the people who may not like that"


  1. Your covers have always been amazing.
    Until my latest, my titles have always been one word. And all of them are unique words.
    I wonder what the color purple means on a cover?

  2. Alex:
    Purple has often meant Royalty ... unless you're speaking of the Hulk's pants ... and speaking of his pants out loud doesn't seem too safe to me! :-) Your covers have always been fine. And one word tends to stick in the mind: TWILIGHT, WOOL, HAMLET, 1984, DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, KIM, IT, SHOGUN, and, of course, LOLITA! :-)

  3. That's one way of looking at a cover! Need to make sure what's underneath lives up to the promise as well...

    Great review. Nothing wrong with a bit of philosophical musing. There's not much of it around these days!

  4. Your eBook cover is like a bikini. Ha! I like that!

    All of your points about a cover is right on. I like that you included what certain colors mean.

    I'm so glad you liked my review enough to share it on your blog. :)

  5. You've always ensured to have covers that capture attention and draw prospective readers in. Great tips and a wonderful review.

  6. Nick:
    You live long enough, you pick up scars and musings to go with them I think. :-) You're right about the meat of the book matching the cover, too!

    I thought a Link back to your blog was a nice tip of my Stetson to you for such a nice review. Colors are so important in our lives, aren't they?

    I try to make my covers eye-catching enough to tempt readers. Up until now, it has worked. Sigh. I'm glad you got some good of my tips. :-)

  7. So right about the cover! And since I was in charge of my own Compass Master cover, I agonized over it.

    My historicals will have longer titles, but I think they'll work: Charity MacCay and the Almighty Dollar, and Charity MacCay and the Saintly Wives. I learned that novels with the word "wives" and "wife" in it can especially sell well, so we'll see.

  8. Helena:
    Harry Potter did well with his name and then the name of his adventure -- also it worked well with a stylized form of Doc Savage and then below the name of his adventure.

    I think the "Almighty Dollar" title will draw attention! It drew mine! :-)

  9. Your covers have all be beautiful Roland. Congrats on the excellent review.