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What are your top 3 book cover tips?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:58 am
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hi everybody. :)

What are your top 3 book cover tips that you have heard or came up with yourself?

Re: What are your top 3 book cover tips?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:09 am
by williamadams

Re: What are your top 3 book cover tips?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:42 pm
by pls
Review covers of books in your book's genre.

Then make yours different. I've seen way too many covers that are merely variants of books on the market, and I've wondered if they were all purchased from the same cover designer.

My own covers, most of which I designed myself with Adobe CS2, are definitely not prize-winners, but they are consistent with each other, feature some of my own photographs, and are different from other YA novels' covers.

Re: What are your top 3 book cover tips?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:58 pm
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hi everybody. :)

Here are my top three book cover design tips, use these tips at your own risk, I am not responsible for the failure of your book if the following tips are used:

1.) The cover should be genre appropriate: fantasy books should have fantasy elements on the cover, sci-fi books should have sci-fi elements on the cover, horror books should have horror elements on the cover, western books should have western elements on the cover, steamy romance should have steamy elements on the cover, sweet romance should have sweet elements on the cover, etc.

Cross-genre books should have elements of each of its genres.

2.) The cover should be audience appropriate: readers who like sweet romance would pass by a steamy romance cover, and readers who like steamy romance would pass by a sweet romance cover.

3.) The cover should tell a visual story, and/or be mysterious (mysterious covers aren't just for mystery novels), and/or be action oriented (action covers aren't just for action/adventure novels).