Recently, I read a book that recommended that even self published books need professional covers. One source suggested was fiverr. I figured that all I had to lose was five bucks, so why not give it a try?
I looked through the many profiles and advertisements offering a book cover design. I selected one and placed my order.
Immediately, I received a message:
"From you I need the title, subtitle(optional) and author name, seems obvious I know but you'd be amazed how many people forget ;)
Obviously this is all totally dependent on the type of book you're looking to publish :) "
No big worry, I took this message as a good sign, and that I was going to get some input on the design of my cover. I responded:
"I self published this book and want to experiment. I would love to see how much difference a professional book cover will make. I expect it will be measurable, although this is a niche book as it is.
I have attached the current front cover. I am open to your expertise on this cover. I don't have anything particular in mind, but I know that someone like you can do a much better job than I did.
The audience for this book is very conservative and religious. We don't use a cross as a symbol of worship, so please refrain from that.
The book is a commentary on The Book of Mormon, a book that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revere as scripture.
If you would like more info as far as what may or may not be appropriate on the cover, just drop me a line. I'm excited to see what you come up with and hope this is the beginning of a good business partnership as I have other books planned in the future.
I felt like my response, while not entirely direction oriented, was sufficient to give someone an idea that I was looking for a religious style cover and would like them not to use the cross on the cover.
For someone who apparently designs a lot of covers at $5 a pop, the response I received was bothersome.
"Sorry I've got no idea what you want for this cover
All the best"
Huh? That's odd. I gave you direction as you requested. I guess what you really mean is that you will put elements on a page exactly where i tell you, instead of designing a cover.
Oh well, I'm going to work on finding another "designer" just to give it another go, maybe I'll get the same message.