Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about creating a book cover.
Besides the blurb and reviews, the cover is usually the reader’s introduction to the book. This design represents you and your hard work. It can be pricey to have it professionally designed, but there are other options.
I’ve had some luck with my children’s books hiring a reasonably priced artist in the past. I’ve also used designers who work with stock photos or mine. Now, though, I’ve started creating my own covers in Canva using the same stock images.
During this process, some covers have been successful in representing the book, while others have not. The ones that didn’t work are being replaced. One, with a shiny new cover, immediately got some new readers and positive feedback.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve built up my confidence in working in Canva, creating covers. I now know what I want. That is helpful in designing the cover or having someone else do it.
Before I get started, the first thing I do is choose a good title. A quick search on Amazon will show if the title is overused. If it is, a simple change can help, even just a word.
Next, I need to know the size I want my print book if needed. I’ve used 6 x 9 for all my books. In Canva, I go to create a design and use custom size where I’ve had luck with 1600 x 2,560 pixels. But you can also type in book covers, and they offer many pre-made designs which are 1410 x 2250 pixels. It all depends on what you are doing and need. Of course, always check to see what the requirements are for the site the book cover is being uploaded and adjust accordingly.
Suppose you don’t plan to create your own cover but hire someone. Many designers use stock images to choose from, and even if you hire an artist, you still need a vision of what to create.
- Pick an image or artwork that grabs your attention.
- Make the title, subtitle, and author’s name easy to read.
- You can include a recommendation or a tagline. Keep it short.
- Use fonts and colors that make the words stand out against the background.
- Keep the ideas simple. Too much can be distracting.
- What would catch your eye online or at the bookstore?
- Follow size guidelines for eBook and print.
It’s a lot to think about, especially when it comes to finding that perfect eye-catching image or artwork. This part can be time-consuming if you are searching through a large catalog of stock images. Always check your legal rights to use the image. I used to use only my own images, but that really limited me.
Stuck on where to begin? Explore book covers on Amazon under your genre. What titles pull you in? Colors catch my eyes, especially ones that have green and blue, fog, moon, water, sunset, and glowing lights. Don’t be afraid to redo a cover if you aren’t getting the sales you had hoped. Of course, you need a good blurb and a well-written book too.
We’ve all heard that old saying that is originally credited to George Elliot, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, we do judge the book by its cover. I’ve learned that the hard way.
What about you? What type of cover grabs your attention?