What every Author should know about Cover Design.

You’ve written, proofed, edited and rewritten—pouring your soul onto the sheets and now your baby is ready for a face. Now what? It’s THAT time. Cover design. Branding. Typography. These might as well be four-letter words for some. But don’t worry, there are many resources out there to help you find your way.

With so many options available, how do you know where to start? As if getting everything down on paper wasn’t hard enough, now you must decide how to present your baby to the world. Will she stand out? If so, will it be in a great way? The perfect cover doesn’t just happen. Does it?

Will you self-design? Will you seek out a designer to do the deed for you? Either way, I’m providing the links to two very well written posts on the myths and secrets of good cover design. I couldn’t say it better than this….

5 Common book cover design myths most indie authors believe AND 8 Cover design secrets publishers use to manipulate readers into buying books.

If THEY know it, YOU should too!! Please share the knowledge. Best regards!

Original posts written by Derek Murphy at http://www.Creativindie.com.


Cover Design DIY Tips & Resources

So you’ve decided to design your own cover….

A few things to remember:

1.  Your cover should reveal your genre.  Look at other books in your genre to spot selling trends and discover ways to stand out from the crowd.

2.  If your book is one of a series, consider the theme and how you will brand it for sequels.

3.  Keep in mind the small icons that are commonly viewed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Your cover needs to translate well for both print and e-Book formats.

4.  Clean and simple is more visually appealing.  A cluttered image is likely to be confusing and off-putting.

5.  Legible typography.  If it can’t be read, it’s likely to be ignored.


I’ve listed below a variety of links to review and consider while you contemplate the concept of your cover.

3 Secrets to e-Book Cover Design Success by Joel Friedlander

Why Simple Works Better by Joel Friedlander

5 Great Fonts for Book Covers by Joel Friedlander

15 e-Book Covers:  Success and Failure in the Kindle Store

Lessons From a Do-It-Yourself Book Cover Designer

This is just a small sample of the advice available at The Book Designer.