My DIY Canva Book Covers

September 12, 2020

I wanted to share the book covers I've made for myself on Canva.  I do not, as those who've read my posts on blogging already know, believe in spending a lot of money on content creation.  But Canva is one of two subscriptions (the other is Podbean) that I pay for.  It isn't cheap (almost $13 a month) and the free version is pretty robust but, to me, the resize elements and social scheduling features justify the cost.  

It is not necessary of course to make book covers before you've finished a book but, as a designer, I feel that creating a book cover helps me to really more easily visualize what the book is really about.  So I recommend it, as an exercise - especially if you're feeling in any way muddy about your project.

So these are the book covers I made.  This one (above) is for my testimony book, New Age To Catholic, which is about half written.  It has taken me a long time to write because it's about my life - which is still happening.  What I mean by this is that I couldn't finish the story until I returned to my Catholic faith and was study resources of the Church I'd never fully explored before.  

That process (Catholic spiritual formation) is ongoing but I feel like I've learned enough now to finish the ebook.  One of the things I'll be stressing in the second half of the book are the many resources the church offers for those of us who deal with spiritual warfare which can be an unfortunate fact of life for some people with past experience in the new age or occult.

Anyway, I'm about 15,000 words in with another 15 to 20 left to go.  This means that you can expect to see New Age To Catholic available on Kindle in early to mid 2021.

Faith Based Blogger is a short ebook on (you guessed it) faith based blogging.  It focuses on the basics, not in a blogging 101 way necessarily (though there is some of that) but in a this is what really matters sort of way.  It's based on 10 plus years of blogging across multiple blogs.

This ebook is very close to finished.  It probably would be out already if not for the recent changes Google to the Blogger platform which is the platform I focus on in the ebook.  There are a few different reasons I recommended Blogger but the main for me is that Blogger is a really good platform.  Another is that people are spending way too much money on blogging (and podcasting and platform building).

Blogging in general and faith based blogging in particular is not, in the vast majority of instances, a money making endeavor.  It is actually more than that - especially if you're sharing a message that brings people closer to the faith.  Blogging is also a great way to content market or to promote a product (preferably your own) that you believe it.

But it is not a get rich quick scheme and I'm sorry to see so many people spending so much money on blog related products they don't really need because they've bought into that idea.  So I hope that in addition to giving some solid tips on writing and design and including God on your team, I can give people some good alternatives (like Blogger and reasonably priced web design).

I am, first and foremost, a fiction writer.  My new romantic suspense novel is also about halfway finished but, I'll be honest, it needs a lot more work.  I'm hoping to be able to get it into ebook by the end of 2021.  I'm taking my time because I'm making a conscious effort to improve my fiction writing.  And it is my intent to share what I'm learning here, as I go along.

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