After making a thousand miniscule tweaks, I have finally produced the final version of my Poor Percival Stories cover art – the “Chosen One”.
Time to party! Right? Um…not so fast 🙁
Unfortunately when I upload the cover to my bookshelf on the Kindle Direct Publishing site, the thumbnail preview it displays looks radically inferior. Like this:
My guess is that it’s because of whatever crazy amount of compression they do to the file. Which is disappointing considering everywhere else a thumbnail of the image is generated (Windows, Gmail, and even WordPress) the image looks perfect. If I change the title font to be something regular like Times New Roman, rather than the cool custom font I discovered, the title is somewhat more readable, but not perfect.
I’d hate to have to change to a font like that because then the cover loses some of it’s personality. I’m going to mess around in Photoshop tonight and see what else I can come up with. But if it doesn’t get any better, I guess the decision I need to make is whether I go with a thumbnail image that is sub-par, but a larger image that I prefer, or alter the text so the thumbnail is better, but a large cover that I’m not completely happy with.
Part of my thinking is that the the title of the book will appear next to the thumbnail on Amazon anyway, and once you click on that link, a larger version of the image will appear and look better. So maybe it’s not a big deal that the thumbnail isn’t 100% perfect. But then again, the thumbnail is probably going to be the first image most people see of my book, and could be the deciding factor whether they do click on that link or not. First impressions are key.
What to do? Decisions, decisions…