I've recently started looking into a graphic designer for my book cover. I have a few ideas, but I'm no graphic master.
So I ask you all, what makes a good book cover? Or what's your favorite looking one in the fantasy genre?
In our modern age of book selling, one thing that makes a good cover good is that it's eye-catching shrunk down to the size that Amazon will display it at.
It should be an arresting, intriguing image that conveys the genre of the book without making the viewer yawn and say, "Yep, there's that cliched visual for the zillionth time."
In my opinion, if you're not a professional-grade artist yourself, it's worth hiring one. Don't pull a free stock photo image off the Internet, stick the title and your name on it, and expect it to look good. In my jaundiced opinion, virtually all of those covers look like crap and scream, "Amateur!"
Investing in a good graphic designer is what my teacher keeps telling us. Thanks for your advice!
I know a really great graphic designer. I use her for character cards and such. She does it all, and she is very professional. Let me know if you'd like her info.
I might be curious to look into it, thanks! What's her name and info?
Her name is Kayden McLeod and her website is: http://www.otherworldspublicity.com/
Looks interesting, I'll have to explore this option some more. Thanks again.
Examples of my all time favourite book covers are:
1. The Rats by James Herbert (the 1975 paperback edition)
2. Dracula Returns by Robert Lory (1973 NEL paperback)
3. IT by Stephen King (the 1988 paperback edition)
4.And, no, I am not gonna risk getting my knuckles rapped for deigning to mention the cover of my own Kindle book, True Ghost Stories (lol)
Seriously, though, there are probably many more eye-catching covers I could think of that have impressed me in all my years of book buying.
We all think the cover on our own book is the best one out there or we would not put it out.
Your cover is you ad, it MUST grab the customer and tell something enticing about the story to some one that has NOT read your book. You should show your cover layout to someone and then ask them what is the book about? Would you pick it up to find out more or move on to the next cover? One author that I know put out her first book and for the first year did not get any sales, I did a new cover that told what kind of book it was at first glance and with that cover she had 50+ books for each of the last 3 months. You can see the old cover at http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=978-1-77067-228-4 and the new one at http://www.ancient-kings.com/ both covers are good covers but the first one did not work with the book.
No weird fonts, no weird colors, something simple and clean. That's all :)
What defines weird exactly? That's like saying "make it good", anything specific? Thanks for the comment!
Imagine kid playing in Paint or Microsoft Word and what kind of text do they make. It's hard to explain it, but something that doesn't fit at all. Check some popular books' covers and then some indie authors. That will tell you everything. :)