Designing a Book Cover is one of the most crucial steps for converting people into potential readers. If you still believe in the saying – ‘Don’t Judge the Book by its Cover’… you need to wake up dear.
WHY BOOK COVER IS IMPORTANT?
As a Book Reviewer, I have come across several books which couldn’t thrive because their book cover wasn’t attractive in spite of a good storyline. On the other hand, there was one series, which I remember reviewing, where the story had many loopholes but it was a hit because of the exceptional book covers. A Book Cover can make or break a book.
Book Cover is the first thing which comes across a reader searching for books to read and as an author, you cannot risk this opportunity.
For any newbie author – indie or traditional, the task may look daunting if they have had no experience about it before. Sometimes, the confusion increases manifold if they do not know where to look.
Today I bring few pointers for all those who are stepping into the world of books as an author for the first time or the experienced authors who are taking upon book cover designing for the first time.
I hope these 5 points can simplify the task of designing a good book cover:-
1- BOOK TITLE
Get that Book Title ready. You might have finished the content but it will be wasted efforts if you have no name to introduce it to your readers. SO get that sorted first. Decide a Book Title and a subtitle if needed. The Title should be catchy to grasp the attention of readers. It should neither be too long nor should give away the whole story.
2- OBSERVE AND SEARCH
After the Book Title is finalized you need to get to switch ON that search mode within you. Search various Book Covers of famous books in your genre. Search and observe at least 20 books of your genre before you call it quits. The idea behind is to see those book covers and find out what is common among them.
Observe carefully what colours are mostly used in the genre under which your book comes in. The fonts of the book title, the size of the fonts. Find out how they have projected their message through their Book Covers. A Thriller Book Cover is different from a Romance Book Cover. Note these differences.
Note everything down. If not, take screenshots of the book covers which you really like. Store them for future reference. Search in Amazon, in other famous book-selling sites. Even PINTEREST is a great place to watch out for amazing book covers.
3- TOOLS FOR BOOK COVER
By this time an idea, an outline of what you are seeking will be clear in your mind. Time to make it real 🙂
These sites have a variety of templates which help you to design some amazing Book Covers with great fonts. The sites are user-friendly and easy to use. You can experiment around with different styles until you are satisfied with your creation.
You can even use Photoshop if you are good at it. There are few authors who have made stunning covers with just Microsoft Word or PowerPoint as well.
The thing is that any tool will work beautifully if you have a clear idea of what you need. Having said that, I would also recommend that, if you think that it is not your cup of tea then go ahead and hire a designer for it.
4- TIPS WHILE USING THE TOOLS
IMAGES: A Book Cover comprises of a Title, a Subtitle(if any), Author’s Name and background which can be photos, images, graphics or just plain solid colour.
Choose the image for your book which represents your content and is powerful enough to intrigue the reader. The observations which you made while searching the book covers will come in handy here. Choose the images in proper colour shades related to your book genre. Avoid images having too much stuff and overlapping. The simple it is, the more effective it will be.
Few sites where you can get free images are as follows-
Along with them, sites like SHUTTERSTOCK have images which can be used with a paid subscription.
FONT: Choose fonts of the family which are suitable for your genre. Yes, it is a fact that fonts cannot be used in random ways.
Imagine a Suspense Thriller Book Cover with JokerMan font… Oooohhh!! Shocked, right?
The wrong usage of fonts and incorrect size can cause damage to the book however good it might be, so choose carefully.
COLOURS: The colours of the font and the colours in your image need your time as well. If the font colour of the title does not complement the background image… the book will suffer.
The simplest tool for this is the COLOR WHEEL. Experimenting with complimentary colours or the analogous colours can help you to finally decide which font colour and book cover image go the best.
SIZE: The size of Book Cover also matters. It depends on which platform you are publishing your book. Some sites are flexible and some are not, so the size does matter and needs to be sorted before you finish a book image. In that sense, I have found Kindle to be quite flexible in accepting various book cover sizes.
Working on all the pointers stated above, by now you will be ready with a final product. This is the time to get an opinion. I suggest taking the help of any person whom you trust for being honest and straightforward. Someone who is able to tell you when you are wrong for your good.
Look at your Book Cover now and see whether you are able to get an idea about the genre of your book. Question yourself whether the Book Cover is pleasing to your eyes or there are too many images or colours clashing with each other.
Check whether the font size of the title is big enough to read easily or too small to make out. You also need to see that the change in the size of the book cover doesn’t blur the title. I recommend this especially if you are going for Kindle Publishing.
I am positive that after the above pointers, you will be able to easily design a book cover which helps to attract readers to your book in no time.
So, what are you waiting for, go on and get that perfect book cover for your awesome book!!
All the best
PS: I would love to see the book covers designed by you if my post has helped you in any way. So drop in your book cover images if you can in the comment section so that I can admire your creation.