Definitely, You Can Judge a Book by its Cover

Many persons interested in self-publishing spend a lot of time working on their manuscript. While that is all good, I must admit that significant time must also be spent on doing the book cover. There is an old adage that says, “Never judge a book by its cover.” However, in an authors’ world, you may want to relook that statement a bit.

Why a good book cover matters

Ideally, the cover is the first thing you see before exploring a book. So why not add good value to the book by ensuring that the cover presents all the crucial information that you need to ensure someone is converted to one, pick up the book and look at it. Then, two possibly browse inside. Lastly, persuaded to purchase it.

Should I design the cover myself?

As a self-published author, you may be working with a limited budget. As a result, DIY on your own cover is a good option. There are many free online design tools to help you with the process such as CANVA or Amazon Kindle Create. Just ensure you have the right book sizing taking into account the Trim size, Bleed and margins and you are good to go.

How to work with a designer

If you are eager to work with a graphic designer that’s also awesome. You should give the person clear directions for the vision of your book. If you have a sample image, sample book designs, key works or themes that can help them create a suitable graph then share those. Bear in mind that graphic artists are not intimate with your book like you are. So, provide clear information to help the process go smoother.

Placing content on your book cover

Your book cover should carry critical information legibly for your book to be properly published and accepted for sale internationally, even in libraries and bookstores. Key things to ensure your book cover carries are: Book Title, Name of Author/Publisher and ISBN Number in barcode format. Optional items include subtitles, selling price of the book included in the barcode, author profile/ biography, website, contact info for author/publisher and logos. Please ensure you display all information visibly on the book.

If you need book cover design services do not hesitate to contact Books by LR. We are here to help you through the process.

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Latoyaa Roberts is a Caribbean Communications Consultant, Freelancewriter and author.

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