I’ve sung the praises of PicMonkey before, but the PicMonkey feature I love the most is the one that easily creates a stylish and, most importantly, perfectly sized header photo for your Facebook page.
Dead Good Books, my favorite Facebook page, makes excellent use of their header space, but then they’re Random House. Me sitting at home trying to make this myself — and make it the right size — would only end in tears.
Remembering that a Facebook page is one you ‘like’ (not a profile that you connect with as ‘friends’), the header photo is the one that appears across the top of the page, above the profile picture and the info bar that contains things like ‘About’ and links to areas such as Photos, etc. Technically it shouldn’t be used for advertising, but any self-publisher worth their salt will have something connected to their book in there. And if it’s a self-publisher like me, it’ll all be supremely matchy-matchy as well. Um, obviously.
One I Wrote Earlier, a Facebook page from Penguin Ireland. Made with PicMonkey, correctly sized with saintly patience.
Making one is a pain in the arse though, because it’s so hard to get the sizing right. If you just take a 3 x 5 pic, you’ll only be seeing a strip of the image cut lengthways. If you make your own graphic, good luck with getting just the right area to fit into the header space — it can be done, but it takes a few attempts, the frustration compounding with each failed one.
Evie Hunter, the bestselling Irish erotica author, has used a PicMonkey template for her Facebook header page. She has three titles in the ‘Pleasures’ series, each with a matching cover — perfect for this type of Facebook header collage.
Enter PicMonkey, and their Create a Collage feature. They have special templates for Facebook header photos and — hooray! — they’re not only SO simple to use (just drag and drop, people) and all stylish-looking, but they are perfectly sized too.
My sparkly new Mousetrapped Facebook page header, compliments of PicMonkey. Using photos from my time in Orlando makes a cute design, and I still have my book cover as my profile picture, which displays just below it.
They also do templates especially for Pinterest. I saved that bit for the very end because I know you’ve just rushed off to PicMonkey.com…