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Book Covers 101

When publishing a book you will need a print cover and an eBook cover. What is the difference you ask?

Depending on where you print and upload your books there may be specific specs for pixels, dpi, resolution, and size. Below are the general requirements for both covers.

eBook Covers Require:

  • JPEG file type
  • Formatted to R,G,B
  • The front cover only

Print Covers Require:

  • PDF file type
  • Formatted to C,Y,M,K
  • A full spread of front, back, and spine in one file based on formatted page countPrint CoverCover(2)

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Why is Editing Important?

Every manuscript, whether you intend to self-publish or have it traditionally published, requires a professional edit by an editor. In order to traditionally publish a book the manuscript must be presented professionally formatted and edited to appear and read appropriately to catch the publishing agent’s eye from the beginning or your manuscript will end up buried in the slush pile quickly. Nobody wants their hard work to end up in the slush pile, do everything in your power to avoid that by sending your manuscript to an editor first. If you are self-publishing, it is important to present a professional book that is formatted properly and reads well to keep the reader reading and wanting to read more by you, the author. eBooks are set aside often because of formatting errors and typos that would be caught before they were published with a professional edit. Most readers will not buy a second eBook from an author that self-published with formatting errors and typos. That means an author gets one opportunity at eBook publishing and if it is done incorrectly profits will be lost almost before they start. Self-publishing can be done inexpensively and profitably by utilizing print on demand services and eBooks with the help of a professional editor. I cannot stress enough how important it is to always present a professional looking product for the best results. When you submit a manuscript think of it as your most important job interview. Be prepared for it by using an editor to let your story stand out, not your mistakes.

Edited Version of First Book

Edited Version of First Book (Photo credit: TheCreativePenn)

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