Having an eBook business is one of the better ways to make money on the internet. But writing and then publishing eBooks is a great deal of work. And it isn’t something that everyone will want to or will be capable of doing. But there are other ways to make money in the eBook publishing market.
One of those methods is by designing other people’s books for them.
Ebooks are the fastest growing publishing market there is. Forrester Research has estimated that the market for eBooks will exceed $3 billion by 2015.
Frequently, people who write books have a very difficult time designing book covers or designing book interiors. Scientists have determined that two different halves of the brain are required. Unfortunately, there is a membrane between these two halves which resists communication between them. As a result, most people are either better with words or better with patterns. Very few people are good at both.
What that means is that most writers are unable to design their own covers. Their brains just don’t work that way. (See, there’s a reason you find your cover so scary to design!)
If you are artistic then this represents a big opportunity for you.
Covers are the biggest opportunity because they are the most obvious. Not only are they obvious to the author but they are the first thing that attracts the reader. Having a great cover is very important… even in the eBook world.
Designing covers involves artistic skills including an eye for design and layout. But it also involves an understanding of the market and the current trends in book design. It also requires the ability to use graphics programs such as Adobe or Corel. Typically, the designer will supply a full sized cover and a set of cover pictures. These cover pictures are designed to look like photographs of a printed book. They are typically supplied in a number of views.
But the cover isn’t the only part that needs to be designed. The interior also needs to be designed. But in this case the design doesn’t take the form of a picture.
Designing the interior of the book typically involves three major areas.
The first area is the size of the book. There are a number of different sizes to choose from. Some are used in North America. Some are used in Europe. And some are common to both. Identifying which size to pick is a complex task involving both the content and type of book topic, market preferences and the type of book (eBook or printed).
The second part of the design is the page layout. Is there a header? Are there page numbers? Where are the chapter titles? Are there chapter titles?
Finally, the selection of the font can greatly affect the book. For printed books the number of pages (and cost) is affected by the font. For modern eBooks, the font cannot be guaranteed (the reader can often change it) which gives its own problems. But however you publish the book, the font will greatly affect both the appearance and the readability of the book.
Of course, for many types of books there are other design elements which need to be integrated.