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Tips for Designing a Great Book Cover
Even a good book may never part with bookstore if the cover doesn’t attract the reader’s eye. Bottom line, how your book cover looks like may be the most essential aspect of the whole book design and marketing process.
Below are some pointers to assist create a good book cover mockup:
Check out similar book covers.
Visit online and local bookstores and take a look at books in your category. When you go to the part of the shop where someday your book might be, what’s the first cover that attracted your attention, and what is the reason? What made the cover stick out from the rest? In the same way, study the covers you found to be the worst. Consider all these questions as you come up with a book cover mockup.
Pick the right colors.
Think of the psychological effect of the colors you intend to use on your cover. If your book talks about with meditation, you may want to avoid an orange or red cover as these colors are more exciting than relaxing. Try white or blue in your book cover mockup, and you will find them more soothing and probably more suitable. Again, scan other books in your same category and notice the colors they use. How do you want readers to feel about your book? What colors make you feel that way?
Put your name and book title in the right places.
Unless you’re Stephen King, your name must be placed on the lower part of the cover. Your title should instead be on top, preferably bigger than your name or at least the same size. Once you have made a name for yourself as a writer, you can put your name as the main attraction of your cover. In any case, the letters should be easily readable and stand out. As you create your book cover mockup , you’ll see that plain fonts in basic colors are better, but ensure the text won’t lose itself in the color behind it.
Match the art.
Make sure the artwork is right for the content of your book and does not alter its message. When she died, Agatha Christie’s murder mystery books had covers with gory pictures, like needles sticking out of someone’s eyes. These covers grabbed attention, but that’s it. Most people have an aversion to such gruesome images. So don’t be content with getting their attention – they should be inclined to dig deeper.
Keep it simple.
Keep the cover from being too busy. Try a distance test. Set your book cover mockup’s height to one inch, the size it will be online. If your artwork cannot be distinguished easily at the said size, then it is too complicated. Also have the cover at book size and see how it looks from ten feet away. If the artwork couldn’t be easily distinguished, it’s probably not the best choice for your cover.