There may be another indicator that independent writing and publishing is on the rise and profitable. Amazon has a new Kindle Cover Creator tool in Beta testing for those using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). When I say that adding this feature proves that indie publishing is profitable, it’s because I believe Amazon wouldn’t bother with the cost of creating and adding this feature if they didn’t know that it meant increased sales for them.
While the covers that you can create with this generator are average at best, some of them are still pretty decent looking versus some of the crap that I’ve seen slapped up on Amazon. While a little clunky to use at first, I think that it may be easier to get the hang of after playing around with it several times. Since this tool is in beta and is not available to all KDP users, you still have a shot of creating a cover that your competitors don’t have yet. Of course as the tool catches on, you may want to abandon it after that or perhaps Amazon will be diligent about uploading new templates on a regular basis.
Of course the best thing of all about this new tool is that it’s free! Here are some of the covers that you can currently create using the tool.
Kindle Cover Creating Resources
Here’s where you can learn more about the new tool: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A1DHGMW609HBI8
Here’s another illustration-based cover generator tool I uncovered which is very niche-y but you might like it for a particular book: http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html
You can always search for someone who will create a Kindle cover for you on Fiverr. Of course you need to keep in mind that you have to search through people’s portfolios and understand that you may be getting what you pay for. A simple $5 cover.
Ninja Tip: Remember if you are making your cover image yourself that Amazon as well as the other big e-retailers (Barnes and Noble, Smashwords) recommend that you use a BIG image due to the higher resolution on computers and digital devices. For example, Amazon recommends that ebook cover images are 2,500 pixels tall, with the height 1.6 times greater than the width. So keep that in mind when making your own images.