Since the trends in book publication are toward self-publishing in
both ebooks and print, there are many options open for the author.
This applies to covers as well as content.
Here are a few examples of the various methods by which the
covers of some of my books have been prepared for publication.
I produced this cover in Photoshop Elements, using my digital picture
as background. It's plain vanilla, but it suffices for me. The ebook was
put up on Smashwords. I didn't do a print edition of this volume.
This cover was produced in-house at a commercial publisher,
using a Charles M. Russell painting as background. I obtained
permission from the art museum that owns the painting.
I used a CreateSpace
template for this print book. The front cover is rather plain, but
still striking, I thought. I was impressed with the back cover,
which includes an ethereal view of Mt. Fuji. The book is set in
Japan and a university town on the west coast of the U.S.
This is the cover for the Sakura ebook. I produced it in
Photoshop Elements, using my photo. Again, plain vanilla, but I like
it better than the CreateSpace template. The ebook was put up on
This cover was produced by a designer at the commercial
publisher, Rebecca J. Vickery's Western Trail Blazer, using a stock
photo. The book isn't a romance novel, in spite of the cover, though
it does include a love story. The
publisher was hoping for some crossover among her readers of
westerns and romance. Some commercial publishers permit considerable
author input; others permit little or none. Rebecca welcomes
input, and I gave my okay on the cover.
Here is an example of a self-published book with a cover done
by a professional. The book is another reprint of the Road to
California volume. The content is slightly changed, and I wanted a
volume under my own imprint, Graycatbird Books. This killer cover
was produced by a professional graphics designer, using an 1860
print in my collection. This was her first cover. She did it gratis
for me since she is a friend, but she may be interested in doing
other covers for a fee, which I wager will be less than most