8 Comments

Six Simple Book Cover Design Tips


Originally posted on The Indie Book Writers Blog

Even with the growth of ebooks, book covers are still an important issue for authors to consider.  So I asked some book designers I respect to offer some keys to creating a great cover for print and digital formats. Here are six simple things you can do to make sure your cover stands out from the rest.

  1. Do your research. Sounds simple, but it is the important first step. Go to a local bookstore. Observe the customers. See what books stand out on the shelves. Do the same thing online and on e-readers.  Also, pay attention to the thumbnails. Some designs work well on a bookshelf, but don’t work as a thumbnail.
  2. Pay attention to your genre. You don’t have to do a cookie-cutter cover, but you should look at the best covers in your genre. Notice any common elements and trends. Pay attention to the images being used.
  3. Pick a focal point. Everything can’t be important. So you need to decide whether the typography or the image is going to be the focal point. When they are similar in size or the amount of visual space they occupy, it can hinder the eye from being drawing to the cover.
  4. Image matters. Make sure you choose an image that is relevant for your genre but that is also eye-catching. Avoid cliche or what I call, computer desktop imagery. Also, one striking image is almost always better than a collection of images. Collections typically violate point three.
  5. Check the thumbnail. Once you have a cover you like, make sure you reduce it down in size and see what it will look like as a thumbnail. The rise of e-books has made the thumbnail more important as you think about designing your cover
  6. Choose your colors carefully. If you are publishing in the US, colors convey a message in themselves. Here is a general guideline as to what colors communicate.

Red – High Energy, powerful, passionate, excited, strong, sexy, fast, dangerous. Blue – Male, Cool, conservative, trustful, reliable, safe.
Yellow — Warm, bright, cheerful, sunny, cheerful, happy
Orange – Warm, playful, vibrant, bold.
Green — Natural, fresh, cool, organic, abundant.   
Purple
— Royal, spiritual, dignified
Pink – Feminine, soft, sweet, nurturing, secure, gentle.
White — Pure, clean, bright, virginal, youthful, mild.
Black — Sophisticated, elegant, seductive, mysterious
Gold – Expensive, prestigious, affluent
Silver – Cold, prestigious, scientific, clinical

Crafting a well written manuscript is the most important task of an author, but making sure the cover is inviting, eye-catching and relevant is an equally important job. Using these tips will help you make sure you have a cover that is as good as your book deserves. What other tips do you have for creating a great cover? Use the comments features to share your ideas.

For the original post, visit Indie Book Writers

Advertisements

8 comments on “Six Simple Book Cover Design Tips

  1. This is a great post. I really enjoyed the points you made, especially the nonverbal meaning associated with colors.

  2. Your tips are definitely on point. Thanks for this reminder of the simple things that I can experiment with when I’m designing book covers 🙂

  3. […] Six Simple Book Cover Design Tips | Self Publishing Advocate https://selfpubadvocate.wordpress.com/Even with the growth of ebooks, book covers are still an important issue for authors to consider. So I asked some book designers I respect to offer some keys to creating a great cover for print and digital formats. Here are six … […]

  4. Thank you for the mention. I had a new visitor today thanks to you! xoxo

Got something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

TIME

Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates

Graduation Cap Decoration Ideas and Styles

Graduation Cap Decoration Ideas and Styles in One Stop

Not Sweating The Small Stuff

An application of the tips on how to lead a happier life from the book, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and then some.

chrismcmullen

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Ideas

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Creative Writing Tips and Authorial Support from Fantasy Writer Victoria Grefer

Two on a Rant

Rants, humor, sarcasm, and a haiku-like substance? It's hard to know what's going to come out of our minds next.

Broken Mirrors

Version 0.1 - Notes, Thoughts, and Ideas

Cult of Racewood

write, defiant

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Cult of Racewood

write, defiant

Imagineer-ing

an adventure in reading, writing & publishing

TechChucker's Brain Blast

Garbage IN | Garbage Out

Elizabeth Jamison's PhD Journey

A Daily Journal of my Comp/Rhet Dissertation: I'll share every day of my dissertation journey until I finish.

freaky folk tales

A haunting we will go...

Break Room Stories

Service Industry Stories and More Since 2012

The Ramblings of a Young Writer

Just Some Thoughts, Opinions, Etc.

%d bloggers like this: