Designing a book cover is a time-intensive project that takes a niche skill to execute well. As a writer and publisher, you may not have the skills, resources, or time to create a book cover yourself.
There are many available resources for people looking for custom book cover designs. These obviously vary in quality, and the price can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Below is a sample of recommended strategies for receiving well-designed book covers for cheap.
For between $5 and $10, you can have a company or freelance designer create a custom cover for your book. There is a lot of competition on Fiverr, so it can take time to search through the many options on the website. But this also means there are many talented artists worthy of your attention.
Upwork allows you to post your job on a forum board for freelancers to respond to. Once you post a description of what you need, in this case a book cover design, the amount of time you have for the job, and a budget, freelancers respond and bid for your job. You are able to look at freelancers’ profiles to see work they have previously done.
3. Someone you know
This is one of the best options if you have the right connections. Letting someone you know design the cover instills a trust that cannot be replicated via the web. Many people have hobbies of art and graphic design, and these people are great resources for book cover designs. Another option is to post a job at a local college or university; using college students is a great way to get a design on the cheap.