And now the latest updates of the Fan-To-Pro Book:
- I am now done with the cover. After having many approaches and suggestions and offers, I've finally settled on a simper, abstract, slightly retro design that has a 50's/60's feel.
- I have done the back cover except for selecting an author photo, which I haven't done as I kinda need to take one . . .
What I've learned:
- Covers are an incredible pain. Seriously. I actually am going with the final design I have because it's "good enough" and is less trouble than many other options.
- Take a look at other covers to figure out how to make your own.
- Typesetting was honestly easier than the cover work.
- The back cover of a book takes some serious thought to make it sound good. Also, make sure you have a good picture of yourself to go on one.
- Lulu.com's cover designing system is decent, but unless you invest time in making good covers from scratch, or manipulate their cover system to best fuse templates and your own work, your work will look very basic. On the plus side Lulu's basic setups are pretty nice and easy to use, there's just not a lot of variability without your own work.
- You better have some decent graphic program and the skills to get even the simpler covers together – or have someone to call on.
- What looks cool in a bookstore can look awful online.
- The learning curve for self-publishing, even with a useful site and tools, is incredibly high. Honestly, the books I read were invaluable. Do NOT try self-publishing without at least reading up on the issues of formatting, ISBNs, cover design, etc. I reviewed some books here that should equip you properly, and when done should probably do a summary again.
So things move on. This is an incredibly educational experience for me.
When the book comes out I hope it is educational for you as well.
– Steven Savage