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With hundreds of thousands of new book titles hitting the US marketplace each year, a striking cover can make the difference between a hit and a flop. A well designed cover is arguably the most crucial part of your story. You can have the best writing and story in the world, but it will never be read if your cover can't hook the reader's eye from the shelf.
Here are 4 key points to keep in mind when designing your cover, or having a professional design it for you.
Fantastic stories always have a central theme. Write the main point of your book in a single sentence, then expand upon it to a paragraph, and then to a one-page outline. Think of it in the form of a three act structure. Anything more complex than this will get you lost in the sea of words.
Have your manuscript all finished? Congratulations! You completed the most arduous part of the process and have your vision on paper. Now it's time to get you to the finish line and get your book on the shelf!
The following is a quick checklist with the key steps involved with the self-publishing procedure.