Affordable cover art for your self-published novel

We self-published authors are on a tight budget, and we have to cut a few corners in the business of getting our books into print. More often than not, one major corner we cut is the cover: we can’t afford to pay a professional graphic designer, so we use our limited Photoshop skills to design our own cover.

I rarely plug another company’s work on my blog, but this time I’m going to make an exception, because I think the other indie writers who drop by here will appreciate this. Irish Eyes Creations is hunting for business, offering to design your cover for a mere $75. Technically, the company is offering to design film posters, but it’s the same difference. Have a look at the examples on the company’s site.

I’m giving serious thought to a reprint of my out-of-print novel Ulterior with a spanking new cover.

5 thoughts on “Affordable cover art for your self-published novel

  1. Phil

    wow, these do look pretty nice, ive done a lot of research into film art design and stuff like this, and this one definately seems to be a well priced professional alternative!! nice find darryl

  2. James Maxon

    From the looks of it, they do some really good PhotoShop work. I wonder though, since it’s for film, do they require the people shots to be provided from the film itself?

  3. Anonymous

    Hello! And thank you for your comments… and many thanks to Darryl for plugging my site! I am the artist and really just enjoy creating the work! I know what it’s like to have a small budget and just wanted a way to have my work seen and also be able to help low budget films, ect with their projects. I do use stock work of my own, or I can take pictures of what you need upon request, or if you have the actors in play already, I can use them too. That’s the joy as well of creating a “teaser” poster first… Even if you don’t have the actors yet, but an idea, I can bring it to life for you! Of course, never any extra charge for any extra work as well. Thanks again everyone.

  4. James Maxon

    Thanks for the info. Do you work on bookcovers (+spine & back) too then? Or just film posters? Are your stock images ones you took or from a stock company? I ask, because I work with Stock companies very often, and know their legal usage agreements can be very touchy with how it’s distributed.

  5. Anonymous

    It depends usually… I sometimes use stock houses for their work for teaser posters, ect… things that normally don’t get published or for sale, ect… just for marketing purposes. But I do take my own pictures when needed, and have some of my own stock, limited of course. I can do book covers, spines as well, CD’s, ect. Just need the dimensions, ect ect… THANKS

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