While the old adage says a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s actually worth far, far more. Great covers sell books, so a captivating cover is a must.
As an author, you have a few different choices when it comes to choosing how to get your cover design. There are outsourcing sites like Fiverr which have an array of vendors who can get the job done (and warning, with a wide spectrum of quality, as well. It’s a good idea to look for gig sellers who provide a portfolio of their work.)
Here are some other resources to consider:
1. DIY Graphics: Great photo-editing sites like Canva.com and Stencil.com let you easily create your own graphics with only a teensy learning curve (especially when compared to Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.)
Another place to check out is DIY Book Covers, a site that provides quality, editable templates that let you have a finished cover in as little as 30 minutes.
2. Stock Photography: Sites like CanStockPhoto.com and DepositPhotos.com have tons of pictures, graphics, and visual content to help spice up your manuscript. Always check the licensing details for the image you are purchasing.
Here is an answer from the FAQ page at CanStockPhoto regarding whether using images is allowed in your books (the answer is, YES!):
So at least at CanStockPhoto, you’re covered (at the time of this writing) for sales up to 500,000. Anything beyond that and you’ll have to purchase and extended license, but let’s face it – that will be an awfully great problem to have! 🙂