How to Get a Cheap Book Cover – UPDATED!

I’ve recently updated my how to book How to Get a Cheap Book Cover by Joleene Naylor. Updates include:

  • A tutorial on how to use Create Space’s cover creator
  • A tutorial on how to make an ebook cover in Paint.Net
  • Fixed broken links
  • Added new links
  • Fixed a couple of typos
  • Updated information on acceptable file types

If you’ve already purchased the book through Smashwords, I believe you can download the updated version for free. I don’t know about the other sites, such as Barnes & Noble, though it will be a few days before the changes filter through the expanded market, anyway.

Here’s what people are saying about How to Get a Cheap Book Cover:

“VERY helpful! I was like a raft adrift on the adriatic and this book was the ocean liner that came to my salvation.” –  Robin Donaruma on March 07, 2012 (on

“I downloaded this book to help me design the cover for my novel, A Military Republic. The book has excellent advice about licensing photos, websites for buying photos and above all an invaluable guide to using gimp for designing the cover. I definitely recommend this to cover designing beginners.” – Haythem Bastawy on Feb. 25, 2012 (on

“This was a huge help when we were creating covers for my husband’s e-books. This is the first time we’ve done any sort of e-publishing, and we were pretty ignorant of even the basics. I especially liked the information on licensing and sources for images.” –  Marjorie Farmer on Nov. 10, 2011 (on

About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at or drop me a line at

13 responses to “How to Get a Cheap Book Cover – UPDATED!”

  1. Sue says :

    I’m too lazy to do something I can pay someone else to do

  2. DM Yates says :

    This is one of the books on my ‘want’ list. Trust me, I’m not an artist at all. Even my stick figures rate a D at best.

  3. Juli Hoffman says :

    I own this book. You share soooo much good advice. Even if you know someone who’s a fantastic cover artist, *cough Jo, 🙂 I still think buying this book is a wise investment. 🙂

    • Joleene Naylor says :

      “Buy this book and you too can become a fantastic cover artist” – there’s a tag line – hee-hee!

      • Juli Hoffman says :

        Hmmm…you haven’t seen me in action. Monkey’s have an easier time working paint programs than I do! The words “Juli” and “fantastic cover artist” will NEVER be in the same sentence! LOL I think I’ll stick with KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. I can’t imagine myself making anything “fancy” but if you can read the title, and doesn’t look like it was done by a 2nd grader, I will still be able to hold my head up. 🙂

        So much advice in your book!

        Who knew that some fonts were commercial and some weren’t. I didn’t but I do after reading Jo’s amazing book! *Juli says in her infomercial voice. Thanks Jo! 😉

        • Joleene Naylor says :

          The one that surprised me was photos of buildings and landmarks – like you can NOT use the hollywood sign, for instance, without paying a HUGE licensing fee…. talk about weird!

          simple is best for ebooks, actually 😉

          • Juli Hoffman says :

            Hmmm…..I did not see this in HTGACBC-Updated. Maybe it’s in one of the links?

            • Joleene Naylor says :

              Erm.. it may be one of the trillion things I meant to add with the update and didn’t :p

            • Juli Hoffman says :

              Let me see…what have you been up to lately? Hmmm…. Eating bon bons while cabana boys fan you? No? Oh yeah! You were trying to fit 36 hrs worth of work in a 24 hr day for how many weeks now!!!!! You’re crazy amazing, Jo! I’m surprised you can see straight or find your own shoes! It may or may not have been there. I might have missed it. Regardless, it’s not something to worry about it. If it’s missing, just make a note of it, and throw it in when you’re ready to update again in a year or whatever.
              *******And after everything settles down a bit, try to get in a little time for yourself. You’ve more than earned it!!!! Good grief! You’re like a super hero…but no capes please! (Yeah, we’ve watch The Incredibles WAY too many times.)**********

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