Cover Design

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Cover Design

The book’s cover is an important part of a book’s marketability:

  • A highly effective cover attracts the specific target audience.
  • It can help a book get discovered and drive traffic to the product page.
  • The image on the cover plays a significant role in branding an image.
  • An appealing cover can renew a reader’s interest in the book between sittings.

Where to Begin?

  • Before you publish your book, check out the “Cover Design Checklist.”
  • The “Indie Cover Mistakes” and “Cover Art Critics” articles also list several pitfalls.
  • Learn how to use color effectively in “The Importance of Color in Cover Design.”
  • “The Benefits of a Fantastic Cover: Worth the Cost?” may be helpful if you’re undecided about hiring a cover designer.
  • Browse through the free articles to see which topics may interest you, such as why readers judge books by their covers.

Free Articles:

Cover Design Checklist

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/cover-design-checklist/

Which Fonts Should You Use?

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/which-font-should-you-use-for-your-book-pubtips/

Finding and Using Stock Photos

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/shutterstock-and-other-stock-photo-collections/

Recommendations for Book Covers

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/recommendations-for-book-covers/

How to Remove the Background from an Object in PhotoShop

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/how-to-remove-the-background-from-an-object-photoshop-tutorial/

What Does a Good Cover Do?

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/what-does-a-good-cover-do/

The Importance of Color in Cover Design

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/the-importance-of-color-in-cover-design/

The Benefits of a Fantastic Cover: Worth the Cost?

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/book-cover-design-benefits-cost/

Cover Fonts

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/cover-fonts/

The Importance of Facial Expressions for Authors

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-importance-of-facial-expressions-for-authors/

How to Find and Hire a Cover Artist

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/how-to-find-a-cover-artist/

What Size Is Best for the Kindle Book Cover?

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/what-size-is-best-for-the-kindle-book-cover/

Kerning Fonts

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/kerning-in-microsoft-word/

How to Draw Golf, Silver, Brass…

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/how-to-draw-gold-silver-brass/

Feedback on Cover Design

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/feedback-on-cover-design/

Cover Art Critics

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/cover-art-critics/

Judging a Book by Its Cover

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/judging-a-book-by-its-cover/

Indie Cover Mistakes

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/indie-cover-mistakes/

Book Fashion – Judging a Book’s Clothing

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/book-fashion-judging-a-books-clothing/

Getting Squeezed (images on the new Author Central page at Amazon)

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/getting-squeezed-images-on-the-new-author-central-page-at-amazon/

What’s the Deal with Mannequin Covers?

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/whats-the-deal-with-mannequin-covers/

Challenging How Big the Author’s Name Should Be

https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/how-big-should-author-name-be/

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