So you want help with your eBook cover design. Well you've come to the right place. This entire site was set up to help you make the best possible e-book cover and the articles will guide you in the right direction. The videos show you step by step how to do the graphical part of the design, but the articles truly get you started on the right path before you do anything else. Click here to learn more about try this.
The first step in your eBook cover design is to decide what you truly want to accomplish with your design. For most of us we just want as many sales as possible and that's what the focus of this site is. How we go about this is a three step process. First, we figure out our target market. Second, we research what appeals to them. And finally, we create an eBook cover design that not only represents our e-book but hits our target market's hot buttons. Easy as pie isn't it.
First, who is your target market? Well that depends on what your eBook is about. If you are writing about "how to make money" then your market covers many demographics. If you are writing about weight loss then your market is 90% women of a particular age. I you have a hunting guide then you are appealing to men of certain age and economic background. This is the key to your marketing efforts. Once you focus in on your target market you can begin to formulate your sales plan. Sometimes your target market is not who you intended to target in the first place. That scenario, however, is for another discussion.
Second, what appeals to your target market? Well the internet is full of research tools to help you in this area. In fact, you may use this information to upsell or even market different products to them down the road. One such tool is Alexa. How you use Alexa is that you put in the websites that dominate your niche and look at what else their traffic searches for and what other websites they visit. You then use that information for future marketing efforts and/or choosing graphics for your eBook cover design.
Once you know what appeals to your target market you can now start collecting photos, graphics and headlines. Your research should include what your competitors are doing, especially the really big ones. You can then emulate their ebook cover design layouts, colors, headlines etc. to create your own ebook cover. If you need help putting the pieces together you should watch the ebook cover tutorial. You'll learn how to extract graphics, layer them, and create effects and the like. You will learn everything you possible need to create awesome looking ebook covers. This stuff is so flexible you can make minor variation to split test your ebook covers to see which one sells best. For more info visit album cover design.
But putting together the first album can be one of the most wasteful, expensive, adventures if it is not handled correctly. I am aware of many artists whose first album is still sitting in their living room waiting to be sold four years after manufacturing. Click here for more info more info.
So what are the three key elements to ensure album success (financial and fan satisfaction)?
A well-known producer: a well-known producer from your genre who has connections within the industry and is well respected is one of the key ways to enduring success. While this will come at a price the musician/artist should seek to save money in other aspects of the business and not compromise in this area. Let's be honest, no matter the genre that any musician/artist is involved there are hundreds of releases of that type of music annually and the question to be asked is "how are you going to stand out"? This point is so important that the reason new artists tend to originate from the same label is that once a producer has been established, the industry will look to the person for more of the same. In addition, a successful, well-known producer is a better bet than a new, untested music maker!
At least three great, original songs: I recently spoke to a producer who has had various hits in the UK and US under the name "Ethnic Boyz" and he explained that many of the songs being played on radio today will not be played in five years' time because they are what he called "fast food songs. "Songs are what makes an album successful and you really need to analyze your capabilities, especially in the beginning. How well do your songs measure up to those who are the leaders within your genre? That should be the target, not merely putting some words together like Rebecca Black and hoping you can pass them off to ill informed fans. Fans are much more sophisticated than artists give them credit for. Although it is difficult to have all great songs on an album, it is important to go for co-writing or letting someone write the songs and reach a financial arrangement rather just releasing what we like because our songs will be measured against the market leaders!
At least two cover versions: Why covers? Covers are memorable and many covers are already great songs. Covers will be attractive to the establishment because they already know the song. Many artists, including one of the best selling albums of our time, "I Dreamed a Dream" by Susan Boyle which has sold over nine million copies has at least three covers on it. Many artists cover songs by a great singer. Why? Because it works and adds credibility to a new album. If you do a great job on covers it can be the cheapest way to publicize a new musician/artist. For more info visit album cover maker.
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