There are hundreds of thousands of e-books available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Indie authors often find it challenging to stick out from their competition and often forgo proper design and do it themselves. I think cover artwork summons associations in the reader’s mind. It can influence whether or not the potential reader chooses to click on the “Look Inside” feature to checkout the first chapter and lead to a sale.
Cover art is critically important, many indie authors opt to do it themselves to hilariously bad results. Paying for a good cover artist is important, but finding a good one is daunting. Today, we are going to give you our top 10 list of the best book cover artists in the biz.
Taria A. Reed – She does her own photography, offers exclusive photo shoots if you want them, and hand-paints covers as well. Does GORGEOUS work. Lots of multicultural couples, too, for those who can’t find good ones in stock footage.
Cover Shot Creations – Cover Shot Creations offer premade covers in romance, YA, new adult, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller/mystery, and western categories.
Paper & Sage Design – Paper & Sage offers dozens of designs across many different genres for only $50 per cover (or $100 for a print + ebook bundle).
GoOnWrite – GoOnWrite has hundreds of covers available across dozens of genres/topics, and at $50 per cover with discounts for multiples, the pricing is excellent. James, the designer of all of these covers, offers custom design services as well.
BookBaby – This is an indie author resource site and self-publishing center. They will work with you to create amazing cover art for you starting at $249.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.