As an author, you may be tempted to think you can do everything, including designing your own book cover. But let’s be real, unless you have a degree in graphic design and a solid portfolio to back it up, it’s probably best to leave the cover design to the pros.
Think about it, your book cover is basically the face of your baby (AKA your book). Would you want to trust the face of your baby to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing? That’s a hard no from me, dawg.
Plus, professional book cover designers have all the fancy design skills and experience to make your book look its absolute best. They know how to use fancy terms like “composition” and “color theory” to create a cover that will make your book stand out in a crowded market. And let’s not forget about the practical considerations, like making sure the cover looks good at different sizes and resolutions and working with the printer to ensure top-notch quality.
But perhaps the biggest reason to leave the cover design to the pros is so you can focus on your own strengths. As an author, your job is to write, not spend hours trying to figure out how to use Photoshop. Trust me, your time is better spent crafting a killer plot and creating fully-developed characters. Plus, a professionally designed cover adds credibility to your book and can make it stand out in a sea of mediocre covers.
So next time you’re tempted to take on the task of designing your own book cover, just remember: leave it to the professionals and focus on what you do best. Your book (and your sanity) will thank you.