One of the most common complaints we hear from self-publishing authors is that professional services to aid in their publishing effort (editing, design, etc) are an added expense that’s out of their reach. Other authors, however, embrace the DIY nature of self-publishing and find a source of pride in designing their own cover, interior layout and marketing materials.
What’s your perspective on DIY design? Tell us:
- Did you/do you plan to create your own book design? Why or why not?
- If so, do you have a background in design or do you plan to teach yourself?
- If not, have you already chosen a book designer? What were your criteria?
- For those who have published with DIY design, do you stand by your decision? Is there anything you would change?
- If professional design were free, would you sign up in a heartbeat or still learn to DIY?
- Do you notice the book design of other authors? Have you ever dismissed OR picked up a book based on its design?
To join the discussion, please leave a comment below addressing any (or all) of the above questions. Also, mention the discussion to your indie author friends — we’d love to get varied input!