Your book cover design is the first thing a potential reader sees when they spot your book in a bookstore or even online. Over the past month on the Books by LR Instagram and Facebook I shared my five best tips on how to have a good book cover which I learnt while in the process of self-publishing my first book “Collection of Poems by Latoyaa Roberts“. Let’s dive into these tips a bit more:
The first thing to consider for your book cover design is who will create it. Will you be hiring a professional or doing it yourself? I recommend that you find the best image/graphic, hire a professional if you have to. For my my first book “Collection of Poems by Latoyaa Roberts“ I opted to hire a professional to get the job done efficiently but if you’re on a tight budget Canva is a great place to start.
Next, consider the overall mood and attitude that you want your cover to portray to your audience and use the right colours to make your book pop.
You also want to be smart about your book title, make it attention-grabbing, memorable and searchable.
When you pair the perfect book title with the right font, colours and an attention grabbing cover image/illustration, you’re on the right track to a successful marketing campaign.
Remember, people do judge a book by its cover so ensure that it tells a story about what’s inside. If everything else fails, you can still do a simple and clean cover that appeals to many readers.
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