Book publishing got easier

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Despite the spectacular achievements of a handful of indie authors, many authors choosing to self-publish face major challenges. One of the biggests is getting a quality book cover design without it looking like it was cranked out by a cover creator software. This was the problem facing Derek Murphy (of Creativindie Covers), a fine-artist who began making his own book covers after spending time studying classical art in Italy. “I loved my work,” says Murphy, “but I had to refuse new orders, and my waiting list was getting out of control. Plus, I wanted to help the authors who couldn’t afford me and was usually doing a lot of work for free under the table.”

Looking for a way to help authors save money and take control over their publishing, Murphy spent several months creating hundreds of customizable, easy-to-use book cover templates, using the built-in features of Microsoft Word. The cover designs are based on the “design principles of best-selling books” and come with bonuses to help authors create a cross-platform branded look, and make their books stand out with strong, clean design elements.

While these DIY book cover templates will not replace professional book cover design, they are a welcome alternative to other cheap book cover design options, such as book cover creating software or pre-made Photoshop covers.

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