The first thing you need to decide when making your own book cover is the size. The average size for a digital novel is 6 x 9 (inches). The pixel count is 1800 x 2700. Be sure you get the highest quality photos available. You'll want your cover to ROCK! It's the first thing they will see and it could mean the difference between a sell and them moving on to the millions of other e-books available to them.
I had an idea of what I wanted my cover to look like. That's good in some ways, bad in others. Because I had the picture in my head, it made it very difficult to find the right photo. I scanned hundreds of stock photos on three different sites before finding it. And it's PERFECT.
DREAMSTIME. I purchased this photo for $8.00. Pretty cheap for a cover, eh? Here it is:
CREATESPACE, where I will eventually upload my cover, has a cover creator you can use for free.
Now for the back ground. I spent several more hours (yes hours) searching for the right background, but didn't find it. Then I remembered a few photos I took when camping a few years ago. Here's the one I used.
I cropped the section I wanted and placed it behind the portrait of Kira. When I was finished, I realized I had yet another problem. UGH! The portrait didn't fill the 6 x 9 inch cover, at least not at the size I wanted. You can't see it very well here, but there is blank space at the top and bottom. I didn't want her face any larger and I didn't want to distort it by stretching it. What I decided to do was fill the space with black and then texture it a little. You'll be able to see what I mean tomorrow. Make sure you come back to see the finished product and to find out what title I decided to use. (I've been through a few with this novel)
Have you made your own cover? What was your experience like?