Introducing Book Covers!

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Initially excited by the new book cover format, I'm now annoyed by the thing. For a short story of a few pages, the effort (or expense) to create (or commission) a large resolution book cover artwork is more than the writing effort was.

    It is just NOT worth it to have a fancy book cover for a story that's maybe 2 or 3 pages and isn't going to be seen by many people at all. For people who are artists, this is an additional creative opportunity. If you're not an artist, it's an impediment to publishing. I wanted to publish stories here. Word pictures, not artwork.

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    By the way, you sent out announcements about the book covers that said:

    "Book Covers will become a Requirement for your series on July 31st, 2020."

    But right now I cannot upload a new story because the process of creating a New Series says that a BOOK COVER IS REQUIRED.  It's not even July yet.

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    Jackie Dawkins

    I have worked on many images trying to get at least ONE of them to be accepted. But, whenever i change them, they are too small, too wide, too large. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PUBLISH IF I CANNOT GET A BLOODY PICTURE TO BE ACCEPTED??????

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    Lily Cross

    I am not a digital artist! Probably never will be! I hate this template! It’s not helpful at all! I rather just put an image in for the cover and stretch the image out! I hate this! It’s so frustrating when all I want is to create a comic! .... good day..

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    Brooke Cunningham

    This is not a user-friendly method to put up a Book cover. It is damn near impossible to use. I sure couldn't get it to work. You need to work on this TAPAS before you start losing the free content some of us provide. 

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    Cara Field (Lady Flame)

    Since I illustrate my novel, I already have an existing book cover, however it did not meet your 1:1.5 ratio, since it was originally set up to become a 600 x 800px image. Luckily my working image is 2700 x 3600px...

    I resized to 960px wide, but the image was too short, shouldn't be a problem I thought, how wrong I was. Not accepted, but it didn't say why, so I tried again, when it still wouldn't upload I thought maybe it has to be exact pixels, so since I didn't want to distort my image, I expanded the canvas with a black border, which although not perfect to look at, didn't look too bad at all... not accepted again

    So I was finally reduced to distorting my original image to fit your sizing, luckily it doesn't look absolutely horrible, but I would really like to point out how I really, really, hate, Hate, HATE doing this!!

    Please fix this!!! Requiring the exact size is just so pedantic, and if an exact size IS required for whatever reason, a small border that blends in with the image should be acceptable.

    I have a prequel side story to my novel that I would also like to upload here, but I have a feeling that that cover image (which also has already been drawn), will really look just plain wrong if I have to distort it to meet your image requirements.

    Generally when I draw my illustrations, I set my canvas to 8" x 10" @ 300ppi to eventually print on an A4 piece of paper with a margin of 1".

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    Rachael Coles

    I'm new to this, and I was inspired to write my own comic by a person who makes AMAZING comics. But when I tried, I couldn't get a big enough image at ALL! HOW AM I SUPPOSSED TO FIND SOMETHING WHEN THE ENTIRE SCREEN ISN'T ENOUGH?! 

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    I've gotten three successful book covers up with none rejected yet. One of them is mostly white space. One is mostly a solid color. Only one is a full size image with details. I made sure they were exactly 960x1440 pixels & file format was JPG. Tapas has NOT stated any particular file format requirement, however. That may just be an oversight.

    I think it's also a requirement that the uploaded file be less than 2MB, though Tapas didn't announce that when they announced Bookcovers were coming. The only mention I've seen was in the Template image (seen near top of this page) where it says in small font easy to not notice: "Export @ 50% under 2MB." Mine were all less than 1MB, just a few hundred KB each.

    I hope this helps someone else. I just hate having to try to create a decent looking book cover when graphic art isn't even close to a strong point for me.

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