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Book Cover Design Tip: Adding Depth to Text with Canva

One of the things I learned to do fairly recently with Canva is to add depth to the text on my book covers — without giving them a thick and ungainly drop-shadow. Photoshop (PS) fans may point out that their program of choice makes it easy to add shadow and adjust the settings (glow, transparency, etc.) until it looks just right. Maybe Canva doesn’t have all the features PS has, but for me and many others, it’s a heck of a...

Upgrade your book cover design with Glitterboo, Deeezy, and Creative Market

The Empathalog book cover on Glitterboo.com

Free and low-cost resources for the DIY Book Cover Designer DIY Book cover design can be a rewarding adventure for some, and a growing number of free and low-cost design tools can make it budget-friendly, too. Canva is my favorite design program — intuitively-designed and ADHD-friendly (from my experience, anyway). But it can’t do everything. Some of the book covers I’ve seen on Amazon take my breath away, and I’ve saved images of them to a folder on my desktop —...

Freelance Book Cover Design for Writers on a Budget

I’ve been making my own covers for books #2, #3, and #4 (for better or for worse), but not all writers want to do that. It takes time, after all, and I’m still learning as I go. Sometimes I’ll look back at a cover I’ve made (which I thought looked amazing when I first uploaded it to KDP) and think, “Oh, wow! That needs fixing. Back to Canva!” But not all authors want — or can afford — to spend...

What does it mean to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing?

In order to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing, indie authors need to know what the professionals know … about writing a book your target readers will want to buy and read  about editing your book about designing a book cover that will get your target readers clicking on it to learn more about writing a book description that gets people to buy your book about publishing and launching your book to get better and better results about short- and...