Book cover design for self-publishing authors

Don’t judge a book by its cover

True, I think. You really cannot tell if a book is well written or if you will enjoy reading it by looking at its cover.

Still, we need a book cover to communicate with us. At the very least it should clearly inform us of the book’s title, author, and genre, (no thriller fan will want to pick up a book with a moody, darkish landscape only to find out it is a gardening book) and of course, like all packaging, it should help to sell its contents by appealing to its targeted audience. So in short: We all judge a book by its cover!

What makes a good cover design?

Keeping it vague, leaving the reader to use their imagination, while giving away a little of the story is, in my view, the key to a successful book cover.

In the past, I met a lot of authors who wanted the entire story featured on their cover, but first that is not really achievable – unless it is a book where hardly anything happens, and secondly, why would anyone read something where most of the story is already known?

The very best book covers are the ones that make you curious. Intrigued enough to either click or pick it up to read the blurb. Or they could be just very pretty to look at…

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Think big!

Big text that is. In today’s market, the first encounter with a book cover is very likely to be via smartphone, tablet or laptop. Which means thumbnails – those little images on Amazon and other online bookshops. And if you can’t read the title, how interested can you be? A legible title on all devices is a must when it comes to book jacket design. An experienced book cover designer knows this and will be able to help you.

How much does a book cover design cost?

How long is a piece of string? Last time I looked, Amazon’s Createspace design service charge around 400 dollars. You can also get a pre-made book cover for as little as 30 dollars. But they are mostly made up from cheap stock photography, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are all bad and you might be lucky and find something suitable. I advise hiring a freelance book cover designer who will create a bespoke design that fits your book and your book only.

Premade book cover design

pre-made dragon eye book coverSome more thoughts about pre-made covers seeing that they are becoming more and more popular among self-publishing authors. They’ve written a cheap book (by that I mean they haven’t paid an editor to take a good look), sell it cheaply and naturally stick a cheap pre-made cover on top of it, so to speak. To be honest, I don’t mind, I can spot those from a mile and it helps me in selecting (or not selecting for that matter) my books.

Don’t get me wrong, I welcome that publishing has become a big market for everyone, rather than an elitist club for just a few. We can’t all be Shakespeare, Jane Austen or Louise Doughty – I love her writing, but I digress… Coming back to of the shelf book covers:  I am designing pre-mades myself. I just don’t sell them cheaply. Of course, less pricey than a bespoke cover, but I don’t even try to compete on price in the bargain basement of book cover design. Sometimes you might get lucky by scoring great artwork for very little but most of the time you get what you paid for!

Professional book cover design for the self-publishing author

Book cover design prices range from around 100 pounds for a simple ebook cover to 350 pounds for a bespoke book cover design with carefully designed artwork from handcrafted illustrations and/or photos.

Give you book a head start with an eye-catching cover design that looks professional, gets noticed and ultimately helps to sell your book.

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Best Electric Folding Adult Scooter 2017

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Updated 02/05/2017

Best electric folding adult scooter 2017

Razor dominates the market when it comes to electric kick scooters.
But they only dominate the childrens kick scooter market.

Every morning when I look out the window I see parents on kick scooters who are dropping their children off to school.
Parents prefer to ride any variation of the Oxelo scooters. Stunt scooters or not.
It is only natural that I want a scooter for the summer of 2017.
I want my scooter to be a hybrid scooter. I want it to be electric, but it can also be used to ride normally.

The reason I don’t like the series of Razor scooters is that they just don’t look stylish enough.
Honestly, they look a little cheap.
I have had my eyes on these slim line electric carbon fibre scooters, where the battery is in the handle, for a long time.

The best electric commuter adult scooter

The only place to get an electric kick adult scooter is on Hoverboard-UK.
Recently I was able to ride an electric commuter scooter for adults and I loved it.
The spring board of one of these carbon fibre boards is longer than a skateboard and works in the same way. It doubles as suspension.
All the bounce is in the platform. I didn’t notice any bumps although the wheels are only 5″ in diameter.

I finally found a couple of websites in the UK. The website is called Robology. What a cool name. And the other one selling an adult scooter is Hoverboard-UK.
I imagine that they will be around for a while as they are also wholesaling.
Anyway the company sells these kick scooters at a very affordable price of £349. It gets delivered within a reasonable two to three days, instead of waiting three weeks for a delivery from China.

The best electric folding adult scooter 2017

… in my opinion

Best folding kick scooter 2017
Best folding kick scooter 2017

I am surely not the only person in the UK who urgently wants one of these electric commuter scooters.
The problem is as always the legality of riding an electric commuter adult scooter without a helmet on the roads of Great Britain. It should be permitted, the laws on electric small vehicles are archaic.
The little loophole which I will use to ride an electric kick scooter, is  the fact that it actually looks like a normal scooter. The handle bar which contains the 18650 battery is slim line and therefore conceals the power of the Kickster.
In addition the manual push-off action to kick off the vehicle makes this electric folding scooter a different beast. The regulation and law surrounding the legality of riding it becomes greyish. This makes it possible that people can actually ride the scooter in GB.

The concern around the best electric folding scooter 2017 for adults (in my opinion) is the same as with hoverboards. Are the lithium – ion batteries safe? Do they carry the right kind of certifications? If so great, otherwise they can blow up as the first hoverboards did.

The best electric commuter scooter 2017 for adults

I know that 2017 is the year for electric folding bikes. Companies like Amazon, Argos and the likes won’t stock them unless the importers take responsibility for the lithium-ion batteries.

Head over to  or Hoverboard-UK and get an electric stunt  electric adult scooter there. It is not only great for the last mile, but also to cruise around your town, city or village on a beautiful day. Overtake all the cars which sit in traffic jams. If there is a bit of a squeeze on the road, simply jump onto the pavement.
Why is Sidique Khan, the mayor of London, who is an asthmatic not strongly pushing the use of all type of electric folding scooters? I want him to be the champion of electric folding adult scooters.

Fidget Spinner the toy of 2017

What is a Fidget Spinner, Fingerspinner or Handspinner?

Best toy of 2017 - fidget spinner
Best toy of 2017 – fidget spinner

Fidget spinners, Finger spinners or Hand spinners are brand-new fidget widgets, which help kids and adults alike to keep their fiddling urges under control. Simple, effective, effective and with lots of fun.

What is the purpose of these gadgets and how can these toys help you?

Fidget Spinners are small widgets that fit perfectly into your hand and you can rotate forward and backward. The action of moving the hand spinners back and forth is a nice focusing activity.

In contrast to the permanent pressing the end of a ballpoint pen or continually drumming the desk, the use of a fidget spinner does not disturb other people in the room.

Thus, such a fidget spinner is the perfect fidget toy for the office. Even in meetings, you can usually use your fidget spinner without disturbing or even annoying other colleagues. On the contrary, probably your colleagues will even envy you.

Fidget Spinners not only fight boredom stress and nervousness, they can even help you concentrate better.
Fidget Spinner the quick overview

For a quick overview you will find the most important advantages and disadvantages of Fidget Spinners below.

Fidget Spinner, Hand spinner and Finger spinner benefits

Fidget Spinners can help with stress, restlessness and nervousness
Fidget Spinners can help you tackle bad habits like fingernail chewing
Fidget Spinner can help with boredom
Fidget spinners can have a soothing effect
Fidget spinners are fun
Fidget Spinners are great tools to start a conversation
Fidget Spinners are cheap to purchase
Fidget Spinners are small and easy to store
Fidget Spinners are ideal toys for the office