Book Cover Design for CreateSpace/Kindle

Great News!

You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. You can create covers from stock images or your ow personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs.

  • Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
  • 300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy
  • 72 dpi for Kindle ebook
    I hope that this information makes it a little easier for you to format your books for CreateSpace and Kindle. Click HERE to view my published books, The New Neighbors and The Wilted Rose.


    PicMonkey Photo Editor

    PicMonkey is an online photo editing and design service. It can be accessed from a web browser, or through the PicMonkey mobile app. PicMonkey can be used to create book cover designs from images uploaded from the user. PicMonkey offers a free 7-Day Trial.

    Ribbet Photo Editor

    Ribbet is similar to PicMonkey, however PicMonkey requires you to sign up for a 7-day free trial or an account (which includes a fee). Ribbet allows you to use their site at your leisure without creating an account or signing up for a free trial.

    Stock Photos

    Stock photos are an easily affordable option for creating quality book covers. There are a number of stock photo websites around, but although they advertise themselves as ‘free’, many still require you to pay for the images upon downloading them. 

As an author, the two best sites I have come across are iStock and Dreamstime. They have a great supply of quality stock images that match keyword searches well.

CreateSpace and Kindle both have free Cover Creator services as part of their publishing processes. At this stage of the book set-up process, you have the option to either upload a cover image you have already designed, or you can use the Cover Creator, which provides EVERYTHING you need, including cover templates, various fonts and images, all absolutely free!

CreateSpace and Kindle do also offer cover design services for a fee.

Download my publishing guides, which includes Book Cover Design,  for FREE now!

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New Resources For Writers Page!

I have published a BRAND NEW page to my website. This feature of my site has been on the To-Do list for a LONG time!

This page is titled Resources for Writers and is exactly that!

Here I have listed a number of resources I have found helpful on my own writing and publishing journey. These include:

  • Publishing courses
  • Stock photo websites
  • Writers centres
  • Mentorship programs
  • Photo editing websites
  • Website creation tools

Some are specific to where I live here in Queensland, Australia, others are accessible worldwide!
I hope you find it useful!

(My apologies– I filmed this video on Friday 12th January, wishing you a ‘Happy Friday!’ but ran out of time to publish this post. So Happy Monday instead!)


Playing Catch-Up: Links

I have been having so much fun posting quotes, links to interesting Halloween-themed articles, and I certainly hope you have all been enjoying the content too!
Due to some personal matters that have kept me away from my computer over the past few days I have fallen behind in my posts, so I thought I’d just combine them into one post!

39 Books That Are Actually Scary

Horror Novels Based On Real Life

5 Witchy AF Books To Read This Fall

16 of the Spookiest Abandoned Places On Earth

15 of the Best Movies Set On Halloween

5 Horror Novels That Are Legit Nightmare Fuel

A Lovecraft Reading Order For Beginners

40 of the Creepiest Book Covers Of All Time

23 Child Horror Movie Actors You Wouldn’t Recognize Today

6 Great Horror Stories by Women You Can Read Right Now

Happy Hitchcock-tober: 10 Books Celebrating The Master Of Suspense

The Earlier Versions of Little Red Riding Hood Were Violent and Grotesque

5 Halloween-Appropriate Books To Read If You Don’t Like Horror


And some visuals: