Building the Perfect Cover

I just finished one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my entire life.

You might be aware that I wrote a commentary on the book of Revelation. Recently I got the bright idea that I could offer it on Amazon. I’ve had some good feedback on my blog posts on the subject. So why not offer the fruit of my labor to a wider audience?

What I didn’t realize is how much work is involved in building a book for all those eager Kindle readers.

But that’s good. I love to learn.

I also love to do things myself, at least once.

I had no idea how to design a winning cover so I combed the Internet for advice.

I did find some.

Much of it was good advice. I did have to tweak what I learned. The posts I found most useful were written by a fantasy novel author. Since my genre is quite different, I had to use the lettering a bit differently than she did. My art would be a lot different too. But the general design rules she suggested were very helpful.

Of course, maybe they are more guidelines than rules.

Sometimes you have to break the rules. Why? Because a lot of what we think are rules are really just accepted ways of doing things. What that really means is that there is a difference between an absolute and a preference. We can call both rules, hence the confusion. The only way to sift through the fog is to dig deeper into the rules and see if they stand the test.

An absolute is something that is true all the time. For example, if you live in the South in the summertime, and you go outside, you will sweat. You can believe otherwise, but chances are if you stand outside for an hour in July when the temperature is 98 degrees, you’ll sweat. That is an absolute guarantee.

A preference is something you choose based on your tastes. You choose to live in the South because you like it here. Maybe that is where you found a job. It could be your family lives here. But it’s not necessarily where everyone wants to live, so it’s a preference.

Remember that when someone tells you that you “should” do something.

I hope you like the cover! The book will be on Amazon soon.