Many websites offer different types of self-published author checklist. Most of them include such things as sending the final manuscript to copy edit, obtain copyright registration and so on. During my work, I faced with the fact that you also need to have a checklist what to do before you order the book cover design and what you need to check after you got the final files. No one pays enough attention to the cover design process, which I think is wrong. The cover is significant for your book, and you need to be prepared to order it.
Everything is easy if you want to have only ebook cover (e. g. Kindle) as for it you need to order only the front cover, and you need to know the size of the front cover only. If you are going to publish at CreateSpace or IngramSpark, you need to order a ready for print cover, which means that you need to have a front cover, back cover and spine designs.
In this short article, I will give you a general list of what you should do before the publishing. In addition to this you will get a self-published author checklist in which we emphasize the creative side of this process e.i. creating of book cover design.
These points are very simple, and you got used to doing it every time you publish your book. In addition to it let’s discuss the other side of the publishing process e.i. the work with the professional designer.
So here are some essential things which you need to know before to order the book cover from the designer.
Finally, please, check that you received all the files which you may need:
MiblArt also sends a free 3D model of your book in png format (with transparent background), which you may use for marketing purposes.
There are more things which you need to do if you want to promote your book. For example, you need to prepare the promotional material like banners for Facebook or your website, bookmarks, flyers, etc. Also, you may hire a PR agency; it depends on you.
I hope that self-published author checklist from MiblArt will be useful and will make the creative process of cover creation easier and faster especially for newbies in self-publishing.