How to Design a Book Cover: The Ultimate Guide
We look at how to get your book cover to tell readers a story before they open the first page in the Ultimate Guide to Book Design.
Who is the author and what is his or her brand?
Do they have previous books that have already established an expectation of what a cover should look like? Are they new and upcoming or established and trusted? Do they have previous books that have already established an expectation of what a cover should look like?
Does the genre (Sci-fi, romance, horror, etc) have an established style?
The key is to embrace the expected and find a way to create something surprising and new in commercial fiction. Examples of commercial fiction include romance, thrillers, fantasy, horror, and science fiction, all of which have cover design styles that have been established for decades.
>> Learn more on how to design book covers for any genre
“Up-market” books are well-written while maintaining the readability and accessibility of genre; they are enjoyable reads with powerful themes that elicit discussion; and their covers often combine literary and genre elements to pique the interest of the widest possible audience.
Where will the book be sold?
As a consumer scrolls through hundreds of titles on a screen, text must be larger and more eye-catching. A print book will live on a shelf in a bookstore where the consumer can pick it up and flip through it.
Ask whether the book cover will be used in print, eBook, or both, and if so, what format and size will be used. Books can be almost any size a designer can imagine, but it’s best to think about what’s best for the book.
Designers and publishers should be aware of the additional costs that can add up during the design process for an e-book, such as font licenses, stock images, the ISBN identifier, and the barcode.
1. Understand the elements of a cover
Endpapers are a lovely extra set of pages that designers can use to tie a book project together, creating a beautiful design that ties the front and back covers together.
>> Learn more about the anatomy of a book cover
Premium options for hardback books include thicker paper weights, foil stamping, varnishing, and embossing, which add high-value to your design but also increase the cost of each book. Premium options for softback books include linen-wrapped hardbacks and foil stampings, which are available at many printers.
2. Research the market
Young Adult titles are typically priced between $12 and $17.99, with fiction, thrillers, and biographies selling well in hardcover, while nonfiction is best suited for paperbacks.
3. Choose a design direction
Handle books at your local bookstore to get a feel for different paper thicknesses and materials, and consider asking the author or publisher for advice.
4. Figure out what the design needs to emphasize
Is it a character in the book? The style of writing? The setting where the book takes place or the topic in history it covers? If the book is similar to a blockbuster, consider how you can subtly evoke that title.
What makes a book cover stand out?
Introduce your main characters and simply outline the plot; then entice the reader with an emotional hook and allude to the journey the characters will take u2013 what they stand to gain or lose. Make sure the blurb reflects the tone of your book; if it’s lighthearted, readers will assume your book is as well.
How do you make a good book cover?
How to Pick a Fantastic Book Cover
- Choose the Right Font and Background Image.
- Make the Cover Personal.
- You Can Go Simple.
- Be Smart About Your Title. The title is one of the most important elements on your cover.
- Use a Teaser. Providing a teaser on the cover is a good strategy for manipulating the reader into buying your book.
What’s the inside of a book cover called?
The front endpaper, which extends from the inside of the cover page to the facing page and is sometimes referred to as FEP, and the free half of the end paper is called a flyleaf, usually contains at least the title or author, with possibly an appropriate illustration.
How do you make a beginner book cover?
The 7-step book design process u2014
- Understand the elements of a cover.
- Do market research.
- Decide on a design direction.
- Decide on what the design should emphasize.
- Select graphics and fonts.
- Collect feedback.
- Know what the printer requires.
What makes an attractive book cover?
Focusing on the big picture, strong composition, an intriguing focal point, and clear title and subtitles are all characteristics of a good book cover.
What type of books sell best?
What are the most popular book genres right now?
- Crime and Thriller.
- Religious and Self-help.
- Children’s Books u2013 Humor.
- Fantasy and Sci-fi u2013 Young Adult.
- Fantasy and Sci-fi u2013 Young Adult.
What makes a book attractive?
A strong opening: A great book grabs readers from the first page and doesn’t let go until the end, which is why a strong opening is one of the most important elements of book writing. Good characters draw readers in by providing them with someone to love, hate, or identify with.
What are the 5 parts of a book?
Characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution are the five essential elements that keep the story moving along smoothly and allow the action to unfold in a logical manner that the reader can follow.
What are the different parts of a book called?
Front matter, main text, and back matter are the three sections that most books have.
Do cover artists read the books?
In this case, it’s up to the designer to speak with the book’s editor or, better yet, the author to get a sense of the book’s tone and temperature. I’m firmly in the camp of reading the book; the cover exists to serve the content, so the content must be considered.
How many books sold is considered successful?
So, what is a good sales figure for any book? According to literary agent Jane Dystel, “a sensational sale would be about 25,000 copies.” “Even 15,000 would be a strong enough sale to get the publisher’s attention for the author for a second book.”
What are the best Colour combinations?
Top 10 Color Schemes to Brighten Your Bedroom Walls
- Brown and Cream.
- Lavender and Off-white.
- Light Blue and Radiant Yellow.
- Shades of Grey.
- Light brown and Muted Green.
- Lime Green and Wisely Pink.
- Peach and White.
- Peach and White.