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Designing a Book Cover - The Fourth Layer

 In my last post, I spoke about "The Third Layer" in my process of designing book covers. That was adding the author name. I also likened layers one through three to being a cake. It's baked. The layers are stacked. And it's edible. But in order to entice someone to eat the cake, the final decorations—icing, color, flowers, etc.—need to be added. So what can I do with my current book cover to spruce it up? The Fourth Layer of course! This is the crucial and final layer. This is where everything comes together to form the complete book cover. The steps I use below are my own. You'll need to determine what is needed for your cover when you get to this layer. Only you know your book. Only you know what's important. The Fourth Layer is where you can get creative. First, I want to continue with the older adventure book type feel. With The Legend of Kyd Lumin , I want people to think it's a book not published in 2021 but rather, published sometime in the 80'
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Designing a Book Cover - The Third Layer

In my last post, I spoke about "The Second Layer" of designing a book cover, which is making sure you title stands out well.  Now we head to "The Third Layer". This one probably will seem obvious and it complements "The Second Layer" . It is your author name. It's important that your author name be positioned and sized correctly. There are a few approaches to this. For well known authors—for instance Stephen King or James Patterson—having the author name prominent and big on the cover is good. The reason is, their names are so popular that the author name sells the book more so than the book title sells it. As a self-published author you could use this thought process for your cover to give the impression that you are a popular author. Of course, your mileage will vary with this approach. The other option is to not allow the author name to dominate the content. So you would want it to be smaller than the title. You could even make it barely noticeable

Designing a Book Cover - The Second Layer

In my last post , I discussed how I go about designing covers for my book. That post covered "The First Layer" , which is the main background cover image. So off to "The Second Layer"! What is it? That would be the book title. It's important to make the title stand out properly. Doing so is the difference between a book cover that looks professional and one that screams mediocrity. Remember, often the cover is the first impression of a book. If the cover is boring and drab, potential readers will assume your book is, too. I know, I know. "Don't judge a book by its cover." But, well, that's the first thing people often do, whether consciously or not. Pick a font that pops and don't just use the default settings for the font. Vary and alter it to the best of your ability to give it some life. A good way to do this is to research book covers in the genre you wrote. Pay attention to how the title is presented. For The Legend of Kyd Lumin , whic

Designing a Book Cover - The First Layer

I'm gonna take a step back from my typically scheduled posts (like The Legend of Kyd Lumin  wiki) and focus on a series of posts that outline the steps I use to design my books covers. You've written your book. You've proofread it. It's ready to go! You just need that one thing completed before you can upload it for publication. You need a book cover! There are many options to do this. You could hire someone to design it. You can use the generic cover designs offered on some self-publishing sites ( don't do this! ). Or you could design it yourself. Let's assume you want to design it yourself and that's why you're on this page. Because, if not, this entire series of posts are pointless. How do you go about designing a cover? I use a process of thinking of the book in layers. The first layer is the main cover image. This is something that captures the feel of your book. That will convey to the audience what it might be about. It could capture the emotion o

Smashwords Pre-Sale - Fram Gage and The Holographic Man

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Ziq Heeta

Ziq Heeta  (zeek hee•ta)  is a member of the revolt against the Elof Empire. He is a big, burly Hupogean man, with muscles that stretch his attire to the point of bursting. Authoritative in stature and voice, he is part of the leadership group in the revolt tasked with finding a way to garner the first victory against the Empire. In the past, he had courted Kered Lumin , but that relationship was tumultuous and short-lived. Still, the two of them remain on goods terms in their determination to overcome the Empire. Return to  Characters Return to  Main Wiki  


Isocomm  (i•so•com)  is a communication device that can be used at great distances, light years apart. Only two parties can use this means of communication at a time, each having a box designated for transmission and reception. When initial communication is started, a light on the box flashes red. Upon successfully reaching the box on the other end, it turns to a solid orange. Once the recipient opens the call for the communication, the light will turn green on the sender's box. On the recipient's box, the light flashes green as the signal is received and turns solid when the connection is made.  Though this is a secure form of communication, the greater the distance between the two boxes, the longer the delay in communication. [Minor Spoiler] Only one of these devices is known to exist, and it is used by Kyd Lumin and Kered Lumin . Return to Items Return to  Main Wiki