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#Top10Tuesday Top Ten Links That Demonstrate Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap & Amateurish

In our series on Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself, we didn’t have time to discuss the importance of good design in your self published works. If you went to all the trouble of editing and proofreading, of character development and plot, you should put just as much care into your book’s first impression.

1. First, take a look at these covers listed on BuzzFeed and make some notes: Things That Make Designers Cringe 

2. This informative post shows exactly why somethings work and some things don’t.  Habits of Bad Graphic Designers

Top 10 Links That Demonstrate Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap and Amateurish

3. And everybody needs example of what not to do. Lousy Book Covers website! 

4. Just because you have a bad cover, doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer.  Embarrassingly Bad Book Covers for Classic Novels 

Top 10 Ways Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap and Amateurish
Papa Hemingway? A cover like this could drive you to drink. Wait, maybe it did.

5. And even Penguin can make a mistake in a book cover. You will never look at Charlie and The Chocolate Factory the same way.

6. A graphic designer goes into details as to why some graphic elements work and some don’t. This is worth reading, especially if you’re designing yourself.

Top 10 Ways Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap and Amateurish

Call me anal retentive, but the F and I should not get so cozy here.

7. The same blogger from Lousy Book Covers, (number 3 of this list) was featured on Huffington Post and gives us more examples of what not to do!

8. Here’s a list of common mistakes that self-published writers make with their covers. 

9. Some of my all time favorite bad book covers. This one is my favorite.

Top 10 Resources To Show You How To Avoid Bad Book Covers
“Anybody can be cool, but Awesome takes Practice!” I tell my kids this all the time!

10. And the last thing on the Top 10 List is a Top Ten List! Ten Ways To Create A Bad Book Cover. 

Love Your Reader by making them excited to read your book. Love your Art by investing in quality art to represent your words. Love Yourself by handing the design over to a professional. 

Your Readers, Your Art and YOU are worth it!

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.