Your book cover is one of the most important aspects of marketing your book. However much time you spend on getting people to your book sales page, they won't download a sample or buy the book if the cover isn't enticing.
I absolutely recommend that you use a professional for your cover design in order to make it the most effective for your book. As an author, you don't have all the skills needed to create a great book and this is one area you can't skimp on. Professional editing is the other one you should be spending money on.
Below are some designers I recommend and at the bottom of the page are a number of articles about the book cover design process that might help with your own. Many of these guys are busy because they are so good, so make sure you book in advance for any covers.
Book Cover Designers
Damonza – Books made awesome, specialist book cover designs for bestselling books. You can also get 5% off by using promo code: TCP5 on checkout.
Author Packages – ebook and print book cover design, plus formatting services
Ebook Launch Cover Design: Beautiful cover designs for ebook and print
Jeff Brown Graphics: Book cover designer and illustrator specializing in sci-fi and fantasy.
[Please note: I am an affiliate of the services above because they are excellent quality and have been recommended by readers of this blog. That means I receive a small % of the sale for the referral, but with no extra cost to you. Thanks for checking them out!]
More book cover designers
JD Smith Design: Jane is my current designer as well as doing my interior formatting. She designed Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone and Ark of Blood, as well as some of my non-fiction books.
17 Studio Book Design: A great selection of reasonably-priced pre-made covers as well as design packages for covers and ads.
Derek Murphy at Creativindie Book Covers : Derek did some of my earlier covers – Desecration, Delirium, A Thousand Fiendish Angels & my non-fiction books Career Change and the original How To Market A Book. He doesn't do much design work these days, but he has also written this article on How to create your own book cover in MS Word which can help if you're cash-strapped.
Books Covered. Design agency creating market-leading book cover design.
Carl Graves at ExtendedImagery.com : Although I don't know Carl personally, he does Joe Konrath's covers and also has some sales on ready-made covers now and then which is a great idea to keep costs down.
Cover Design Studio: Need cover design on a budget? Customize template book covers for your books.
Robin Ludwig Design: Robin does book design for some friends of mine so I can recommend her services.
Bookfly Design: Ebook and print covers. Recommended by one of my community.
Mars Dorian does ebook covers that stand out for $150-$200
Dane Low at Ebook Launch does ebook cover design for $99 – $279 and is #1 on Smashwords recommended designer list
The Book Cover Whisperer -“Big 5” book cover design and book marketing. Design ethos: visually stunning covers and promotional products your readers will love. Researched, quality production. Unlimited changes until you’re 100% satisfied. IBPA member. Listed on IngramSpark Publishing experts page.
Syd Gill – graphic design and book covers
Alexandra Brandt – Cover design (and more) for all flavors of sci-fi and fantasy.
BEAUTeBOOK – Includes ready-to-go and custom covers
Book Designer Fiona Raven – Fiona is a freelance book designer providing worry-free book design for authors worldwide. She specializes in working with first-time authors who are self-publishing.
Book Design by Ana – including urgent designs and budget options
Karrie Ross Book Cover Designer – print, ebook plus interior design
Streetlight Graphics – cover design, formatting and typesetting, print media and other art
I do book covers – includes tips for indie authors
Covertopia – bestselling predesigned covers
Best cheap book covers – beautiful covers for independent authors
Hazel Lau at Kindle Station
Audria Wooster at Design by Indigo. Over 20 years' experience.
Candescent Press. Recommended by a student of mine. Design and formatting.
Epicenter Creative Branding by Design
Eden Graphics, Book Covers and more
Kingwood Creations, Affordable pre-made book covers
DesignOnClick.com Book cover design and more
Grace My Cover Book cover design and more
WordSugar Designs. Professional graphic design for authors by an author
The Book Cover Designer The largest selection of pre-made book covers online.
Brandi McCann, Book Cover Designer
Sanja Gombar Book Cover Design For You
Breeze Books Book cover design without the breeze.
Hudson Valley Book Design Ebook and Print covers
Elena Dudina Book and CD cover design
dePinho Design Small but mighty graphic studio with a nose for design
Sam Wall Book cover design and art work
Van Garde Imagery Book interior and cover design
Dissect Design Bespoke book covers
Andrea Reider Design Graphic Design and Editorial Services
Dave Kessler Art Direction and Design
Good Life Guide eBook Formatting, Design, and Publishing
Fiction-Atlas Press LLC Book Cover Design, Editing, Marketing and Publishing
MaryDes Book Cover Design and Graphic design
MoreVisual Award-winning book cover design
Laura Duffy Book Cover Design & Graphic Design
River Book Cover Design Fiction and Non-fiction
MiblArt Custom book cover design.
Working Type Studio, Book Cover Design and Layout Solutions, and Print Design Services
Lance Buckley Design Print, Publishing, Branding
I Love My Cover Independent book design and marketing
Juan Padron Book cover design
Clarity Book Cover Design Book covers, social media banners, memes, swag.
Greg Simanson Design Book covers and more.
Book Covers For You Professional covers. Affordable prices.
Historical Fiction Book Covers Jenny Quinlan specializes in book cover design for historical novels.
Jeff Brown Graphics Sci-fi and fantasy book cover design.
The Book Cover Shop Book covers that fit your book and story.
WolfSparrow Covers Premade and customer book cover design.
Vibrant Designs Book covers, ads, logos and more.
Book Cover Zone Book covers that work everywhere.
Rocket River Book cover design.
Book Beaver Eye-catching book cover design.
Mayfly Design Custom book cover design.
Bailey Designs Books Book cover design.
Hannah Linder Designs Book cover design.
Lance Buckley Design Print. Publishing. Branding.
Yummy Book Covers Custom book design. Free templates. Pre-made covers.
Custom Novel Covers Book covers that sell.
StoryWrappers Custom Fantasy book cover design.
Cover Rave Romance covers to rave about.
Lee Hyat Designs Inspired by color. Designed with heart.
Firewire Creative Book design for CEOs and though leaders.
Fenix Designs Magical covers for out of this world stories.
BookLerk Book cover design.
Indie Cover Shop Book covers for indie authors. Done right.
You can also check out the monthly eBook cover design awards at TheBookDesigner.com and find designers that you like there.
Split testing your book cover design
One of the issues with book covers is deciding which one you think will sell best. A great way to decide is to split test them with people who don't know you or want to protect your feelings 🙂 Check out Pickfu for a quick and easy way to test.