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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    Whittle Demon

    I'm trying to put my book cover up and it won't work even though I have it on the right size and everything

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Whittle Demon   If you drop a copy of it to my twitter DM I'll see if I can see anything amiss with it. @ord_average_guy

    So far I've not had any issues with uploading a book cover, they're just a pain to me to have to make.

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    Whittle Demon

    How did you upload it? The size is 960 and 1440 right?

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Whittle Demon    Yes, those are the dimensions, I made mine exactly that. I also made sure I had 75 pix/inch for resolution and a JPG file format. My file sizes were all less than a MB each.

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    Redd Carrion

    Continuing to struggle with trying to upload a new book cover;; Been at it in and off today. There's no error message or anything but tapas refuses to save it no matter how long I wait or try. I've logged out and back in, checked the requirements over twice and even tried editing other things.
    My cover is a jpg with the right dimensions and I already checked to make sure it was less than 2mb. I've looked all over trying to find out what I'm doing wrong. Can you really not edit stuff after you've set a cover once or something? I have no idea what the problem is. I went and edited episode thumbnails and it worked out fine and uploaded quickly so I'm confused with why the cover is being such a pain.

    Is anyone else having this problem or know what's up...?

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    "Whittle Demon" was having what sounded like a similar issue. Haven't heard back whether they got it loaded okay.

    If you drop a copy of it to my twitter DM I'll see if I can see anything amiss with it. I can also do a partial new story, see if it uploads & then abort the story. @ord_average_guy

    I have not had any issues loading covers yet. I'm beginning to wonder if it's related to different JPG compression format versions.

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Hey, folks, we've determined that when trying to edit or add a bookcover to an existing Comic or Novel, the Save button for your changes appears to be broken. A message has been sent to Tapas feedback email inbox.

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Here's what Tapas sent me in reply to my message. It sounds a lot like a cut & paste reply. Anyway, see if it helps for you. I might also add you can try turning your computer off and on again... (sorry, sometimes Snarky wins). Good luck.

    Tapas says:

    Please try these troubleshooting steps to see if they resolve the problem:

    1. Log out of your Tapas account.

    2. Clear the cache in your browser.

    3. Completely close out of your browser window and launch a new window.

    4. Log into your Tapas account and try to update the book cover/description for your series or novel.

    If the above does not help, we can investigate this matter further. However, we'll need a few more details about the situation:

    1. What is your Tapas account username and email address associated with it?

    2. What is your OS (e.g. Windows 10, macOS, etc.), and which browser are you using (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, etc.)?

    3. What is the title of the series or novel you're trying to update?

    4. Please attach a video (if possible) under 7MB that illustrates the problem.

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    Oreo Pancakes

    This new template is pretty frustrating because no matter what I do it either too small or too big or i need to check my ratio. I did all of these things. I resized it and I even put it through a ratio converter but nothing is working.

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Oreo Pancakes    Are you loading a bookcover to a new novel or comic or trying to add one to an existing novel/comic.  It seems adding one or changing one isn't working so well.

    Do you use an image/photo editor to set the size & resolution of your bookcover image file?

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    Sarah Davie

    No matter what I do it won't accept the picture!

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    Sarah Davie

    Are you loading a bookcover to a new novel or comic or trying to add one to an existing novel/comic.  It seems adding one or changing one isn't working so well.  Adding one to an existing story is the only time I've had any troubles.

    Do you use an image/photo editor to set the size & resolution of your bookcover image file?

    - Exactly 960x1440

    - 75 pixels per inch

    - Under 2MB total file size

    - JPG format file, include the ".JPG" extension in filename

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    Sarah Davie

    I finally got it to work! I think it just wasn't quite the right size or something like that. So now I have a novel

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    ordinaryaverageguy

    Sarah Davie     Yaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!

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