Top 7 Image Sources for Authors

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If you’re in the business of words, you’ll need pictures to sell them. Images provide a quick, visceral snapshot of the world your pen promises: as far as your readers are concerned, an image can be the difference between a purchase and a pass. So, whether it’s a book cover, blog banner, or insta-quote, at some point, you’re going to need quality images to catch the ever-roving eye of potential Read More…

What size should your Book Cover be?

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Sometimes it’s the niggly things that slow you down, like trying to figure out the best size for your book cover. Here’s a quick rundown of my process, and why I choose the cover sizes I do. Aspect Ratio The first thing to decide upon is your book cover’s aspect ratio (the ratio of height to width). For a printed book, you can pretty much define exactly what you want Read More…

Top 5 Christmas Romance Covers of 2016

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Top 5 Christmas Romance Book Covers of 2016

Christmas is a wonderful time for romance authors, and since it’s only a week away, I figured now was the time to take a look at some seasonal book covers! There are some great designs this year, so without further ado, here are my Top 5. 5. Stealing Christmas by Alexa Riley I like how clean and striking this cover is – it immediately grabs your attention. The glitter detail in the Read More…

Styling the Perfect Author Name: Design 101

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Have you ever had the experience of tweaking and fiddling with your cover design, possibly for hours on end, only to realize you’re going backwards? All that time – time that could have been spent on writing, going for a walk, or just staring at the wall – poured into a cover that simply refuses to work. In my experience, the best solution is to stop, step back … and Read More…

Styling the Perfect Author Name: Font Choice

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When it comes to book cover design, it’s surprisingly tough to get the Author’s Name looking just right. All too often I’ve seen a strong self-designed cover let down by a sad, lonely-looking name simply dropped onto the bottom of the page like an afterthought. If you’ve struggled to really nail this element, take heart: you’re not alone! And there’s a lot you can do to ensure you get it Read More…

How Time Affects Your Target Market: a Harry Potter Case Study

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Harry Potter eBook covers - a Case Study

When I was discussing these new Harry Potter eBook covers with authors and fellow readers, one topic dominated the conversation: target market. People pointed out that while they liked the new covers, they would have been an unsuitable choice for the original design run back in the late 90’s. I completely agree, and for one simple reason: The book’s market changed. In fact, these new covers are so different from the originals that they offer a Read More…

3 Ways the New Harry Potter eBook Covers Nailed Design

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New Harry Potter eBook Covers - Order of the Phoenix

In late 2015, Pottermore announced the launch of a new batch of Harry Potter book covers – but only for the ebook versions. What’s interesting is that the designer, Olly Moss, made these new digital covers look old and tactile. Personally I love them. But even putting my subjective tastes aside, there’s so much to talk about that I’ll be splitting this topic in two. This first post will cover Design, Read More…

Welcome to my Blog!

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Welcome to the blog! My goal is to provide a one-stop resource for self-published authors wishing to design their own book covers. The cover, after all, is the first thing a reader sees. It can make or break a sale, possibly millions of them. By crafting the most beautiful, eye-catching book cover possible – one that does credit to your work – you’re painting a bullseye for potential readers and Read More…