B = Book Cover & Design
Unlike what we learned in kindergarten, books are judged by their covers.
Yes, the first impression of your book cover influences the reader.
Some people are natural at putting forward that just stepped off the runway look, even at the grocery store. And there’s me in the produce aisle in my fluffy slippers. Hey, they’re warm!
I’m not homeless, just a little absent-minded. The lady shopping next to me, in four-inch Jimmy Choo’s, might be a model or she might be a femme fatale. Hmm, I feel a plot coming on.
But, back to the A-Z Challange and what I’ve learned over the past year from an amazing Web of Writing Bloggers.
Backward Six (see #10 below)
If you want someone to pickup, or click on your book, the cover and design better grab. The book cover needs to pull at them, make them want to look inside or at the least, flip it over and read the back.
So although we are taught at a young age not to judge people by their looks, readers do judge a book by how it is presented.
12 things I learned from you guys about book cover and design:
- Looks are important. Forget what your mama told you about the inside being the most important part. If no one is drawn to open the book, they won’t read the story.
- A book cover must look good as a billboard or thumbnail and everything in-between.
- Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive to be good.
- Clean and eye-catching is better than cluttered.
- Not artistically inclined there is usually someone who can help. The world is as close as my keyboard.
- Research other book covers that are similar. Which ones worked and which ones didn’t.
- Art, image, and photo software need not be expensive. There are some that are free.
- A trendy book cover can work. (This I’m gonna need to remember in the future.)
- The book cover should go for an emotional response, then the reader will react.
- The eye reads a book cover from top left to bottom right, and across to the left again. (Backward 6.)
- The book cover is mine, even if I hire a pro, it presents my hard work to the world so I better make sure I’m happy with the end results.
- And last, but not least, I learned that I’m not going to get it right on the first, second or maybe even the third try. But that’s okay.
DIY: How to Design an Indie Book Cover By Alex Palmer
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