Ideas For Enticing E book Covers

As essential as it’s to put in writing one of the best e book potential (high quality will result in word-of-mouth gross sales), the e book could by no means go away the bookstore shelf if the duvet does not seize the reader’s eye. Backside line, what your e book cowl appears like might be crucial side of the whole e book design and advertising course of.

In designing your e book cowl, keep in mind, “Much less is extra.” A easy simple idea on the duvet will do greater than difficult designs and fancy art work. If the duvet does not seize the readers’ eyes and make them inquisitive about your e book inside a few seconds, the sale is misplaced.

Listed here are just a few suggestions to ensure your e book cowl is as visually efficient as potential.

Research Comparable E book Covers:

Go to your native bookstore (you possibly can take a look at books on-line as properly however you don’t get as rapid an impact nor see books subsequent to one another). Take a look at books in the identical class as yours, whether or not it is romance novels, cookbooks, self-help, or fishing. Whenever you go to the part of the shop the place sometime your e book shall be, what is the first cowl that grabs your eye? Why that cowl? Is it the colour, the folks or surroundings on the duvet, the boldness of the title? What makes the duvet stand out in comparison with the opposite covers? Take a look at what you take into account one of the best cowl(s) and likewise the worst covers. What makes you choose a e book by its cowl the way in which you do?


Take into consideration the psychological impact of the colours you’ll use in your cowl. In case you’re writing a e book on meditation, you in all probability do not need a black or crimson cowl as a result of these colours historically counsel hazard, concern, guilt, dying, or anger. White or blue-colors which are extra soothing and peaceable, are in all probability extra applicable. Once more take a look at different books in the identical class and take into account the colours they use. How would you like folks to really feel about your e book’s content material? What colour makes you’re feeling that means?

As an attention-grabbing aspect notice, within the 1980s when Helen Hooven Santmyer’s bestseller “…And Women of the Membership” was printed, the writer printed 4 completely different covers. Every e book had the identical art work, however the e book got here out in several colors-pink, yellow, inexperienced, and blue. I am certain the a number of colours resulted in additional gross sales as a result of the blue cowl appealed to individuals who may not have paid consideration to the yellow one. I keep in mind seeing all 4 variations beside one another within the division retailer on a middle aisle desk. It was arduous not to concentrate.

Title and Writer’s Title:

Except you are Stephen King, your identify ought to seem on the backside of the duvet. Your identify is unlikely to be what sells your e book so it should not be the primary phrases the shopper reads. As an alternative, put your title on the high and make it as massive and ideally bigger than your identify. Be sure it’s simply readable, clear, and stands out. Easy fonts are higher than fancy scripts which may make a letter troublesome to learn or your title misunderstood. Ensure you select a impartial colour like white or black, however one that won’t mix in with the colour behind it.


Be sure the art work matches the content material of your e book and doesn’t distort what the e book is about. A superb instance of what to not do is the advertising that has been executed for a few of Agatha Christie’s homicide thriller novels. Christie will not be a bloody or gory author, however numerous publishers since her dying have created e book covers which have mouths with blood streaming out of them and knitting needles in folks’s heads. These covers could also be sensational and seize consideration, however additionally they do a disservice as a result of readers who would possibly in any other case benefit from the books will keep away beneath the impression the books are ugly. Equally, individuals who like a ugly story will really feel cheated once they pay for the e book solely to search out no guts or gore in it.

I’ve seen books with footage on their covers that don’t have anything to do with the e book’s content material, however the writer merely preferred the art work. Whereas the writer ought to have a say within the cowl, they need to give some concepts or ideas to the artist after which let the artist, the skilled, create the duvet. Be sure the artist employed has designed e book covers earlier than and is keen to provide a number of samples and can proceed to tweak the duvet till you might be happy. Particularly if you wish to have folks or animals in your cowl, ask for samples of the artist’s work-nothing appears worse than a poorly drawn individual.

Don’t rent an beginner to do your e book cowl. It is going to look unprofessional and will even be laughable. Don’t let hurting the sentiments of your niece, the artwork main, stand in the way in which of your e book gross sales. Don’t strive to save cash by doing your individual cowl. E book covers aren’t a purpose to grow to be sentimental, nor must you spare expense on them. Paying an expert to design the duvet is one of the best funding in your e book that you’ll make.

Be sure the duvet will not be too busy. Do a distance take a look at. Have the duvet decreased to 1 inch in top, concerning the dimension it is going to be on the Web. If at that dimension the art work can’t be simply distinguished, the art work is just too difficult. Additionally take the duvet artwork at e book dimension and stand ten or twenty toes away from it to ensure it’s distinguishable.

Often, pictures are used on e book covers. Pictures are high quality if the {photograph} clearly represents the e book. Nature scenes are preferable for self-help, spirituality sort books. Historic books, fiction and non-fiction, would possibly use a historic {photograph}. Authors ought to keep away from placing pictures of themselves on their covers until their faces are well-known (Dr. Phil, Invoice Cosby, or Barack Obama well-known). Sadly, until you are drop-dead beautiful, your face will in all probability harm your gross sales.

Backbone Design:

What to incorporate in your again cowl shall be a separate article, however I will embody what to do with the e book cowl backbone right here. Chances are high that solely your e book’s backbone shall be seen within the bookstore, so be certain that your identify and e book title are clear and simply readable on the backbone. Do one thing easy to make the backbone stand out, similar to together with a small model or element from the entrance cowl. I am an enormous fan of e book covers that carry the art work from the entrance cowl throughout the backbone and to the back-this design makes books really feel lush and thrilling for my part. This bigger image will make the backbone stand out, however be certain that it doesn’t make the backbone too busy. You might need a ship on the entrance cowl and a lighthouse on the again cowl, however on the backbone, simply have some ocean waves towards the underside so it doesn’t take away from the e book’s title.

Last Ideas:

No e book cowl is ideal, and completely different covers will enchantment to completely different readers. Do your finest to create the duvet that can enchantment to the biggest variety of folks. Do not accept the primary possibility, however take a look at your e book with numerous covers and numerous colours, and get as a lot suggestions from folks as potential. Do not simply ask pals, however take your samples to bookstores and ask the employees what they assume will promote. As soon as the e book is printed, when you get constructive feedback on the covers, nice. If gross sales are sluggish and also you get no feedback on the e book cowl, take into account altering it for the following print run.

Keep in mind, your cowl is your first promoting level so take the time and make investments the cash wanted to ensure it is executed proper.