The curse of being a self-published author using the free cover templates on offer is that someone else is going to have the same book cover you have. As far as I could, I’ve tried to put together my own covers but without Photoshop or Publisher, I’m really limited to what I can do and feel my results are hugely amateurish. For CreateSpace, the green book cover I used for Ultra wasn’t BIG enough (not enough pixels) to produce a printed cover that wasn’t distorted. I ended up going for one of CreateSpace’s free covers, fearing that some day I would see the same thing on someone else’s book – although, since I’m thoroughly unread, this probably doesn’t matter much.
You have to wonder, though, how the following managed to fuck up on such a gargantuan scale.
Check this out:
There are no less than SIX covers here with the same bloke walking next to a fence.
But what is far worse is that many of these books are NOT self-published which shows a phenomenal lack of imagination in the book cover world.
Remind me to rethink my red/white/black theme for the Fleet Quintet!