All posts by Ovi Dogar

Book Cover Layout Generator

If you ever wanted to create a perfect bound book cover design, you know that getting the dimensions right is a real pain.

Well, thanks to our free layout generator, you will be able to create the blank layout in no time and start designing the actual cover.

It is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. enter the author specifications in the following form,
  2. click on generate
  3. download the layout in png format.

You’re ready to get creative.

Remember to keep the essential elements inside the dark green lines, and extend the backgrounds all the way behind the bleed zone (orange color)

Warm regards,
Ovi Dogar

3D Kindle Cover Converter

Here is a free script that can convert your flat Kindle cover from Amazon into a great looking 3D cover.

All you have to do is to paste your Amazon’s product url into the form located here and the 3D cover will be generated for you.

Also, if you want you can add a festive, gift bow around the cover to make it look more like a gift with a simple click.

So, wait no more, generate your 3D covers now.

Here are the latest 3D covers that were generated by other users:

Always at your service,
Ovi Dogar, Your Cover Guy

P. S.: Make sure your flat cover is saved as RGB instead of CMYK for the best results.

Be the first who finds out when we upload new layouts:

The Business Game Changer

“The Business Game Changer” by Jim Villwock sounds like a real game changer. 🙂

His business is targeted to CEOs/Board Members and HR/Executives. His business model is of “Thought Leadership on how to close the gaps between CEOs and Boards and their people. Includes Leadership, Consulting, Coaching, and Resources.”

Here is the cover I had designed for Jim:

The Business Game Changer
I would love to hear your thoughts in a comment.
Ovi

How to design a premade cover

Dear Talented Designer,

So you have some time to spare on your hands, you also have some great royalty-free images or stock photography you are allowed to use and you want to make some money.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Go here and generate a nice author name (if you’re using already made covers from your portfolio or initial drafts you had created, please change the author’s name so you won’t infringe any copyrights)
  2. find a creative title for your cover
    • keep your image in mind when creating a title
    • if you’re using covers already made for clients, make sure you change the title so you won’t infringe on any copyrights.
  3. you can also come up with a tag line, description, statement or any other additional text you see on book covers these days.
  4. create a new document (2500x1600px @ 72DPI) in your image editor (Photoshop, Gimp, Illustrator, etc.)
  5. be creative and design a cover you would be proud to display in your portfolio
  6. add the right EXIF data
  7. save the layered PSD file on your computer
  8. export a high quality (low compression) jpg of the cover
  9. login into your absolutecovers.com account
  10. upload the jpg cover on the server
  11. select some relevant categories and fill in all details in the required fields (the better the description, the easier it will be for clients to find your cover)

Once you’re done you can repeat these steps as many times as you want: the more covers you upload, the more sales you’ll make.

Now, your cover will be reviewed by our editorial team and if it is approved it will be displayed on the site.

  1. once a customer selects your cover you will be briefed on the details of the project (the new title, author, tag line, or statement) that are required by the customer.
  2. you do the changes and send the customer a jpg file with the updated file
  3. if any small updates need to be made you will have to make them
  4. send the customer the final file
  5. once the client approves the final cover you will get paid (your account will be credited with the cover’s price)

Always at your service,
Ovi Dogar, Your Cover Guy

PreMade Covers

Have you ever considered getting a special cover for your ebook at a do it yourself price?

Now this thought can become a reality with our PreMade Kindle ready covers.

How does it work?

Quite simple:

  1. Browse our ever growing cover gallery
  2. Find a cover that you like
  3. Pay for it
  4. Send us an email with the ID of the cover you had selected along with the text you want us to edit instead of the dummy text that’s currently on the cover (title, by line, author’s name)
  5. We will do the  necessary changes and send you the full resolution (1563px wide x 2500px high at 72dpi) cover that meets Amazon Kindle Cover’s requirements.
  6. We take the cover down from our gallery. Yes you read that right: each cover is sold only once to make sure you have a unique cover

Looking forward to working with you,
Ovi Dogar, AbsoluteCovers.com

You Have To Kiss A Lot Of Frogs Until You Find The Handsome Prince

<<Hemingway rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms 39 times. When asked about how he achieved his great works, he said, “I write 99 pages of crap for every one page of masterpiece.” He has also been quoted as saying “the first draft of anything is shit.”>>

And Hemingway was right to the point. You can always recognize a great idea when you look at the bad ones.

This holds true in every area of life, but most of all in the design industry.

So, let me share with you a secret that most people ignore: ALWAYS CREATE AT LEAST TWO DRAFTS OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, EACH TIME STARTING FROM SCRATCH. This way, you always have something to relate to when you make your decision.

When I first started my work as a designer for a newspaper, I was always deleting my drafts, thinking that the chief designer will laugh at me when he will see my bad drafts and that it might think that I’m not a good designer.

But later, when he only saw my finished layout he was asking me why didn’t I make it so… or so… all I could do, was to tell him that I did but it didn’t look as good as this one.

That’s when I learned a valuable lesson: it’s hard to create something great from nothing but it is possible when you put together more different not so good drafts to end up with a wonderful piece of art.

One of the best methods to create something great is to create more than one different pieces of what you have to do and then get rid of the bad ones.

All this because you’ll know what’s the best idea when you can compare it with all others bad ideas.

I was talking a few days ago with one of my mentors and he reminded me that every obstacle that we pass, take us closer to our desired goal.

It’s a true fact that we were born to succeed and not to fail. Someone, up there, wants us to succeed. All the failures we face are experiences we must learn from. And remember that all these failures make the success much more rewarding when attained.

All the great artists out there are no more talented than you and me; they all work harder and have the ability to set aside what’s bad in their work from what’s good.

And this fact holds true in every area of life.

What Comes First – The Cover Or The eBook?

One of biggest trend these days is related to ebooks. Because of their viral nature, ebooks are a great way to increase traffic to a site and that’s why everyone has to write at least one.

There are millions of ebooks online and everyday there are at more then one hundred new ebooks that hit the stands of the online library. Some of them are free, other not. But they are all full of fresh information or they will be forgotten.

As a reader, it’s tough to decide which one to read and which not. That’s why most surfers do pretty much the same thing they do in a real library.

Remember the last time you were in a real library or bookstore? If you are like me, you will more than likely base your decision of reading or buying a book on the first stimulus that catch your eye. And that one stimulus is the COVER.

And that’s the way everyone decides to read or buy a book: THEY LOOK AT THE COVER AND MAKE THEIR DECISION BASED ON IT!

So, what must accomplish a great cover?

First, it has to be an eye-catching cover so the visitor will pick up your ebook instead of the ebook of your competitors.

Second, even if the cover piqued your visitor’s attention it also have to be interesting enough to make him actually read your ebook.

How can you make a cover to stand out in a sea of covers?

Well, this is not an easy task if you have no design experience? Why? Because, even if your cover is different then all the other ones, it may be different in a wrong way.

You have to consider the general nuance of color for the cover, the main and the secondary font.

Here are a few general tips for you:

  1. The colors tell a lot about the general subject of the ebook so you must use them accordingly
  2. Use a combination between red, blue, black and white
  3. Yellow it’s OK used sparingly in combination with black because it generates the strongest contrast
  4. Always use a strong font for the main title – Impact its fine if the title is longer and Arial Black for shorter ones.
  5. If your ebook is on a lighter subject you can toy around with different fonts but never use more than three different fonts for the same cover
  6. The cover should contain:
    1. the main title
    2. one teaser phrase or a good subtitle
    3. the author name and eventually the URL of the ebook (avoid using http:// and subdirectories) usually a simple domain name will do just fine.

And finally one more tip: always KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. Do not forget that the cover will be a small image and if you fill it with lot of info, it will be unreadable.

Writer’s Block is No Longer a Problem

Dear friend,

If you’re like me, than I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with the well-known writer’s block.

From time to time, when you have to start writing something, be it an article, an ebook, or just a letter, there is that moment when you just stare at the blank sheet of paper (or at the vibrant colors of your monitor) and nothing seems to come out from your mind.

The good news is that there is a cure for this disease. 🙂

American poet William Stafford offers this advice to poets who suffer from Writer’s Block: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.”

But, this is not an incentive to write junk!

Perhaps the most important reason that leads to WB is the lack of an idea. You just sit down in front of your perfectly empty monitor and think about what should you be writing. “There is nothing I can write about” seems to be the only thing that you can think about.

This doesn’t happen to me anymore because now I have a text document right on my desktop where I note down any important thought, idea, question that comes into my mind during my daily habits. Every time I start writing about something, all I have to do is to open that (now pretty big) file and “presto”, I know what to write about. 🙂

If you don’t have an “ideas file” on your computer yet, no problem, just take a look through some forums related to your niche market and look for questions.

Well, now that I have a great idea of what I want to write about, I just sit down again in front of my computer… and here comes the block again. 🙂

How should I start?

Here is a tip for you: It’s OK to start writing at whatever point you like. You can begin with the final chapter. You can start writing the middle of the book. It’s OK if the introductory part of your book is the last thing you’ll write.

Another thing you can do is to talk over the subject with a friend. If you can’t do that, you should record yourself talking about the matter.

Anyway, you must force yourself to write down something, however poorly worded that approximates your thought and go on with the next idea.

Also, you can always try free writing. All you have to do is to choose one sentence in a paragraph and write a paragraph about it. Then, choose a sentence from that paragraph and do that again.

Whatever you do, it’s always a good idea to be flexible. Be willing to throw out sections of text that are causing problems or just don’t work.

Physical actions can move your brain in good directions so move around, stretch, or walk.

Get a snack or drink, talk to someone, or just relax for five minutes before you start to write again.

After you already have a few ideas written down it’s ok to reread and jot down ideas while doing so.

Relax! Because the more you worry, the harder it gets to think clearly.

And once you have your book ready, remember that you will need a cover for it. 🙂

I can help you with that at www.AbsoluteCovers.com