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Publishing Your eBook To Kindle (Part 3)

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Now that you’ve updated your indentations and your TOC, it’s time to add a cover image to your document and save it as an HTML file.

First, you’ll really want to think about what your book is about and what type of image you want to use as the cover. Perhaps you’ve already thought about what the cover should look like, or maybe you haven’t thought about it at all. Either way, having a good cover is essential. The cover is the first thing that any potential buyer is going to look at and if it’s not appealing, it could break you.

So, now that you’ve thought about what you want your cover to like, you are either going to have to make it yourself (the preferred method) or you can pay someone else to make it for you. If you want to make it yourself, you can use pretty much any drawing software (I’ve even used MS Paint). So, you can either begin drawing it up from scratch or you need to find a public domain image that sort of captures what your book is about. For this example, I’ll use one of my books, 47 Ways to Make $100 in a Day.

When I started writing this book I knew exactly what I wanted to cover to look like (I had a good idea at least) and it involved money. When I got to the step of making the cover, low and behold my pockets were devoid of any types of currency that would spell out making money. So, I was forced to go and find a public domain image. Luckily I stumbled upon one that worked perfectly.

You can pretty much find public domain images everywhere, but you have to ensure to follow those guidelines for their use. For instance, different websites, such as Creative Commons and others, may have the image you want, but the image’s author may have categorized it as Not for Commercial Use or something along those lines. If this is the case, I’d say not to use that particular image.

However, when you do find one that you can use for commercial use and other things, sometimes the author will ask to have their name recognized in your book or on your website with a link back to their picture. This is a small price to pay for a free image. Regardless, just ensure that you can use the image, and follow the guidelines presented with it and you should have no problem. Links to public domain image websites will be provided near the bottom of this article.

Now that you’ve found the image you want to use for your cover, you’ll have to resize and/or crop it and add text to it. Personally, I like to use MS Paint for this, but you can use whichever software you prefer.

Just ensure that the cover can fit inside of the parameters of one page of a regular Microsoft Word document, and that’s about all the resizing or cropping you’ll have to do. When you’ve got it to the size that works you’ll want to add text. Personally, I like to use easy to read text using bright colors, or at least colors that will stand out against the background image. As you can see below, sometimes you’ll need to add things over your background picture, particularly if it is “chaotic” (such as a pile of money). However, if you look to bottom of the picture, you can see that that lime-green-ish color stands out fairly-well from the image.

47 Ways To Make $100 In A Day

Whether you want to center you text or not is completely up to you, but for a book like this, it was more professional looking. Either way, when you’re finished editing your cover and you’re happy with what you have save your image as a JPEG. This helps with the HTML conversion which you can read about in Publishing your eBook to Kindle, Part IV.  

Below are links to websites where you can find public domain images:
Public Domain Pictures – http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_page
Creative Commons – http://creativecommons.org/

Jonathan Cockrum

Jonathan Cockrum is author of the books Behind Blue Eyes: A Twenty-One Day Journey Into Self-Discovery and also Reflection: A Novella. He has many other works published and he is the webmaster of the website JonathanCockrum.com. He can be reached at his personal email account: JonathanCockrum@live.com

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