Resource: Book Covers

No matter what anyone says, people do judge a book by its cover. It’s the first encounter anyone will have with your book, so it should be attractive, professional, typo-free, and it should reflect the genre somewhat. Tall order on an indie budget, we know.

Below we’ve provided links to articles which will help you design and create your own covers. We’ve also included some links about hiring and working with book cover artists. We’ll be adding more articles as we publish them. Best of luck with your cover!


How we vet covers at Indies Unlimited
Bad book covers from a reader’s perspective
A visual comparison of “homemade” good vs. bad book covers


The Case for Legible Titles
Title Envy (Choose the Right Size for Your Title)
Judging a Book by Its Cover (Snark Alert!)
How to Work with a Cover Artist
Tips: What I Learned as a Book Cover Contest Judge


How to Make an eBook Cover Using Microsoft Publisher
Making a Cover Using Canva
Making an eBook Box Set Cover in GIMP
Royalty-free Images and Music
More Free Music and Photos
6 Places to Find Public Domain Images
14 Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover


Typeface and Font for Book Covers
300+ Fool-Proof Fonts to use for your Book Cover Design (by genre)
How to Download and Install Fonts


Marketing Uses for Book Covers


The Book Designer
The Authors DB
50 Books/50 Covers Competition

(these links are provided as a service & do not indicate endorsement by IU)

Magnetic Business Card Backing from Staples
Magnetic Business Card Backing from Avery
Prescored Printable Business Card Magnet Sheets
Printable Magnet Sheets from Staples
Printable Magnet Sheets from Avery
Magnetic Business Cards from Vistaprint

Custom Bookmarks from Zazzle
Custom Bookmarks from UPrinting
Book Cover Jewelry from Etsy


The designers below are used by some of the staff right here at Indies Unlimited. Of course, as with any service, your mileage may vary, but our staff is pretty happy with them. (Here they are, in no particular order…)

Covers by Design
10 Dollar Covers
TreasureLine Publishing
Yocla Designs
Jun Ares

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