Since “Choose the Cover” is over, I wanted to give you all more insight into what you should consider when your finishing your book and you need to decide on a cover. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind when you design your book cover.
- Whether you’re designing the cover yourself or you’re getting someone else to design it for you, you should already be thinking of cover ideas. It’s a good idea to read through your book at least once and take notes on what images would best describe your novel.
- Ensure that the image you choose is easily recognizable, but gripping as well. You have to look at your image and decide if it is something that people will pick up.
- If you’re doing a series, make sure it is an image that can be easily transformed to carry through future books.
- When choosing a design, make sure you know your designer’s limitations and your limitations as a designer (if you’re the designer.) Don’t have a grandiose design in your head that no one will be able to recreate. It’s better to keep simple, yet interesting. Find a balance, so it’s not too complicated or busy and everyone can enjoy it.
- If you’re going to a designer, have a design in mind before going to a designer. Unless they read the book, you know it better than they do, so don’t make them guess what you want. They can’t read your mind. Only you know what you want. I had an idea of the design I wanted. I wanted the main character looking over her shoulder at the audience and an explosion in the background behind her. The cover I have now is better than I could have imagined because it’s simpler. She’s looking back and instead of fire the darkish red color resembles that of a fire or blood.
- Be willing to give your input and listen to feedback and say so, if you don’t like it. My designer was my older sister. We of course know each other, so our working relationship will be different. That’s not always the case, so be sure to keep it professional or at least pleasant. Be clear in what you want. Don’t be demanding. Or rude. Like I said, they’re artists, not mind readers. If you want something, tell them. If you don’t want it or don’t like it, tell them. If you’re paying them, make sure you like what you’re paying for.
I hope this few tips were helpful. If you have any other tips, feel free to share. Just remember to be patient and appreciative of your designer’s time. Do not take them for granted. Don’t waste anyone’s time and your experience will be a joyful one. I promise.
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