GOES ON THE COVER?
to find a good photo or illustration for the front cover. If
your book is a memoir you can probably use one of the photos
from inside the book. If you want to use a photo or illustration
that you don't own, make sure you get permission from the
photographer or artist.
A colour cover is a good way to catch the eye of readers, but you can save a bit of money with a black-and-white cover (see
Getting an Estimate).
a photograph or illustration, book title and subtitle, author's
include an excerpt from or summary of the book, critics'
comments (send them a copy of the first proof so they can come
up with a comment while the book is being proofread), author
photo and bio, bar code (the layout people can
create this for you), price, and ISBN (see Copyright Page).
Usually includes title, subtitle, author, publisher.
I HIRE A COVER DESIGNER?
you don't have an illustration or photo for the cover you should
hire a designer to create the illustration and design the rest
of the cover.
you have an illustration or photo to use on the cover you can
probably get the person who is doing the page layout to design
the cover. This is the less expensive option.