I can only assume that you are a reasonably intelligent individual. You have, after all, written an entire book from start to finish. That is no mean feat. It takes courage, perseverance, patience and huge slabs of self-belief. It also requires a certain amount of skill, no matter how good or bad the end result may turn out to be.
If you have managed to write a book then you must have a brain.
So why, oh why, does that brain stop functioning when it comes to selecting a cover for this magnum opus of yours?
You have slaved for hours, weeks, months, years over a hot keyboard. You have poured your heart into your work. You have honed, tweaked and crafted away. The least you can do is put a decent jacket on the bloody thing.
I receive a fair amount of self-published books to review. In my former life as a retailer I was sent even more. At least 90% of them have unspeakably bad covers. Utter shite.
How does this happen?
Have you ever seen a book before?
Did you not notice that your cover looks completely different to every other book in the bookshop, and not in a good way?
If you have opted for the self-publishing route then you have almost certainly invested a decent chunk of your own money in order to see your work in print. Why not spend a bit more to make your book look like something someone, anyone, may actually want to read?
A good freelance designer will charge between £500-£750 for a book cover. Hardly pocket money but, trust me, it could make the difference between selling a few hundred copies and, oh I don't know, SELLING FUCK ALL!
And no, your cousin Dave who knows a thing or two about Photoshop will not be able to do you a favour and knock something up for free. He will produce a steaming turd of a design that will make it look like a school text book or a Top of the Pops album cover from 1974.
Now, to be fair, 90% of self-published jackets being shit is merely representative of the fact that 90% of self-published books are shit. But don't feel bad. At least 40% of books published by 'proper' publishers are shit as well. My point is that some of the 90% with crap jackets are actually quite good. And yours might well be one of them. Only no one will know as you have successfully put them off ever picking it up.
So there you have it. Spend a bit more time and money on making your book look a tad more normal and then perhaps, just perhaps, a few people may read it. And some of them might not even be related to you. Result.
P.S. Oh, and while you're at it, do us all a favour and get someone to copy edit the bloody thing as well.