Cover art may be the toughest task facing self-published authors. Last weekend, Andy Carpenter (ACD & Co. principle and former VP & Art Director St. Martin’s Press) and Eric Baker (design director of O Design and The Design Observer contributing editor) shared some cover design resources for self-published authors.

GalleyCat prowled the floor of the Self-Publishing Book Expo last Saturday. We picked up some book pitching tips and encouraged self-published authors to enter our ongoing Book Pitch contest–a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit in December.

At the Expo’s “Design and Illustration: How Your Cover Can Sell Volumes” panel discussion, Baker and Carpenter shared a list of public domain image collections and other book cover resources that self-published writers can use.  “When you self-publish, it behooves you to dress up your book as much as possible,” Carpenter reminded the audience. The complete list of resources follows below.

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