2410, 2017

Believing These 9 Myths About Book Cover Design Keep You From Selling

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This guest post is from book cover designer Joshua Jadon.

Have you thought about what might be holding you back as an author? Well, there are actually several things that it could be. The one that you might not even be thinking about is the book cover design. Who hasn’t heard that judging a book based on its cover is wrong? But who actually listens to it? You’re probably guilty of this too, and your readers may be, as well.

But what should you be doing to improve your book cover design? These tips will help you figure out how to get it right the first time.

Myth #1: Your name should be front and center

If you’re famous, like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, then […]

103, 2016

That About Covers It: Book cover design for your author brand

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This week’s guest post is by Ara Atkinson-Skinner, professional illustrator and branding expert. She shares an artist’s perspective on professional cover design. In addition to stunning book cover design, Ara also does spot and picture book illustration making her a creative treasure on your publishing team.

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”? When wearing one of my humanitarian or artistic hats, that phrase has been invaluable to me on so many levels. I can’t imagine how many things I would have missed out on if I did not develop my curiosity of looking beneath the surface of something or someone who didn’t resonate to my “normal”.  However, in this article, I’m not wearing those hats, I’m wearing my Marketing & Sales […]

1104, 2015

Anatomy of a Book Cover

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How to design a book coverThe cover is the last stop in crafting your book. Edit the final draft of your manuscript before starting on the cover. The dimensions of the cover are determined by the number of pages, the paper color (white or cream), and trim size of your book. Prematurely designing the cover may result in a redesign once the final draft is complete.

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The best thing to do before designing your cover is to go to the library or on a site like Amazon and look at 10-50 books in your genre. Get an idea of the front, back, and spine of the book – the layout, pictures, fonts, and other elements included on each. Take note of […]