Let's face it...readers will judge your book by your cover. Period. And that's a good thing!
In a split second, potential readers should be able to guess the book's genre, the intended age range, and what the level of intensity is--as in violence, sexual, and gore content. Is there a silhouette with a gun in front of an exploding political building? Probably not a sweet romance. Are there multiple moons above a cyan, dome-covered city? Probably not a western....
Having a cover that attracts the RIGHT readers will bring your novel the success it deserves.
Need just a little help?
Some authors know exactly what they want. They've already found the perfect image, and all it's missing is a sexy couple, two moons and a purple sky, or a big fireball explosion behind the getaway car. Or maybe the right person is there, but the color of the dress is wrong, or all the tourists on the beach need to go away.
If you are completely capable of doing all the typography yourself, and all you really need is someone with Photoshop, I can help you out. Just send me information on exactly what you want done, and I'll tell you how much time I think it will take.
How much? $20 an hour with a one hour minimum.
Epub and Full Print Covers
Prices for epub covers range anywhere from $50 to $100+, depending on your genre, level of difficulty, and whether or not I have to buy images and fonts.
If your ideas don't sound within my range of ability, I'll let you know before we get started.
Working on a budget!
As in, you have zero money for your cover.
There are a lot of free programs/apps that can help you design your own cover, but you have to be willing to put in the time to learn what you need to learn. I've seen some decent covers made with Microsoft Word, Excel, and even Paint.
Just do yourself a favor and don't sacrifice the integrity of your novel to save a few bucks. The last thing you need after months (or years) of writing/revising/editing, is a cover that stands out for all the wrong reasons.
Send me a message if you need a few safe resources for 100% free images, and good luck!