Designing a Book Cover The Dos and Don'ts

Designing a Book Cover: The Dos and Don’ts

Properly designing a book cover is crucial for drawing readers. Cover is what we, the general people, tend to gaze upon first. They say not to judge a book by the cover, yet that is what generally picks our interest.

Designing a Book Cover: The Dos and Don'ts
The book cover is the magnet that attracts people

Look Through a reader’s eyes when designing a book cover

You must make sure that the image and the text of the cover, portray the theme of the book in an understandable way, so that the reader is clearly able to perceive them as thumbnails. When designing a book cover, you must prioritize this.

When designing a book cover, use the title as bait

Catch the eyes of your reader by making sure that the title stands out. Ensure that the title is big enough and does not comprise of colors that blend in easily. Do not make the font too fancy too read, or too simple to make it look dull.

Designing a Book Cover: The Dos and Don'ts
A title that stands out

When designing the book cover, make sure you don’t put too much emphasis on the appearance and too little on the meaning. You must ensure that the title is meaningful enough to draw attention.

Let the Genre Speak Loud

When creating the cover, you must keep in mind that the image or background of the cover must represent the genre of the book. For example, if you are writing a horror story, the background should be gruesome, and scary. The image should uphold the true nature of the story.

Designing a Book Cover: The Dos and Don'ts
Shivering feeling of a serial killer story

Know Your People

When designing the cover, you must keep in mind the group of people that you want to attract, whether it is teenagers, or adults, or even a particular gender. If you are aiming to attract youngsters, you need to know the latest trends that draw their attention the most.

Let Your Heart Be Heard

Covers that have a key message, tend to attract a lot of attention. If you are able to depict the true meaning of your work through your message then you are sure to obtain tons of readers.

So to wrap it up, if you want to get plenty of readers and some amazing reviews, make sure that you follow the dos and don’ts of designing a book cover.

3 thoughts on “Designing a Book Cover: The Dos and Don’ts”

  1. Md. Abu Saleh Nizam Uddin

    An area not looked at much. I don’t know how much research is done on the publication of books (in printed version) that includes cover design, paper quality, binding, size etc. Bangladesh could excel other countries in his area because it has manpower to be involved in all the new engagements. Thanks, Sakib, for your nice write-up and for initiating this fruitful discussion.

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