So you have your back cover almost done, but there’s all this extra space left over. What do you do with it? You can leave it empty if you want – or you can add something else. Of course, remember that you don’t want the back of your book too crowded.
What can you add? Well, remember those taglines we talked about for the front of your book? You can put one on the back instead of or as well as the front. For instance I have “Not everything is black and white..” on the front, and on the back it says “not everything is black and white – not even vampires”. (Yes, I know a better one would have been “Nothing is black and white… but we live and learn)
If you have some already published books out there, you can do some neat things like “By the Author of____ & _____.” As with the bio, you don;t want to make a laundry list of your previous works, one or two is probably sufficient. If you have more than that, then choose to list either your most popular or books that are in the same genre. For instance I’m going to make this blog series into an eBook, but when I release Legacy of Ghosts I won’t put it on the back of the book as a publishing credit because they have nothing to do with one another. Of course, it will be listed inside, in the copyright info/more books by section.
If you’ve got some good blurbs from people about other books – or even this book – then you can always use those on the back of the book. However, if it’s for a previous book, be sure to say that. For example you could make a heading that says “Praise for My First Book (use your title)” and then beneath it put the blurbs. I can;t stress enough though: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PERMISSION! You can’t just go putting other people’s words all over your book. Sure, the chances of getting sued are pretty low, but it’s just wrong, if nothing else.
Another idea is you can use your “slogan”. What’s that? Well, that’s a little catch phrase you can come up with that will help define your body of work. This suggestion actually comes from Edward Patterson in his How to E-book that I keep linking to (it is that helpful, people!). He actually suggests using this slogan with your website URL, but you can use it elsewhere. Mine is “You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…” (since my site/blog is Ramblings from the Darkness). If you don’t have one, then not a big deal. It’s just another suggestion.
Of course, you can do anything else that you can think of. Heck, if you want to you can print paid advertisements on the back. It’s your book cover. Just remember the three goals:
1. It should be easily readable
2. It should complement the front cover
3. It should make my book appealing
So long as you have those down, you’re good to go!
And this about wraps up the how to portion of getting your own book cover on the cheap. I only have a “How I did it” post left to share. Oh boy, huh? LOL!