Hey, aspiring authors, here are someinteresting numbers:
By 2019, the total number of books published in the U.S. exceeded4 million—in that year alone
Nearly1.7 million books were self-published in the U.S. in 2018
20 million previously published books are still available through many sources
No matter how great your novel, no matter how popular your genre, standing out from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult. Technology allows us all to become a publishing house, equipped withAI-driven writing andediting, an abundance of page layout templates to choose from, and book coverdesign tools to experiment with.
The median income of all published authors who were surveyed … was $6,080, down 3% from four years ago … Worse still, the median income for all published authors based solely on book-related activities fell … 21%, while full-time traditionally published authors earned $12,400.
The median income for full-time authors for all writing-related activities, however, was $20,300 in 2017, up 3% from 2013.
Roughly 25% of all authors surveyed earned $0 in book-related income in 2017; 18% of full-time authors earned $0 in book-related income during the same time period.
For many authors, your book cover is your most important marketing tool.
For nonfiction it’s a crucial starting point intobook funnels for authors.
“Think of your front cover as the preview into your book. Just like a movie preview is there to help viewers decide if they want to shell out $20 to see a film, your front cover is what your reader is going to use to judge whether they want to invest their time and money into reading your story. This is your chance to hook them and get them intrigued enough to read your book.”
Solid book cover design is not subjective. There are proven design essentials created and tested over decades of book sales. Here are six crucial tips for awesome book covers:
1. Go with the pros
A professional design team experienced in book cover design greatly increases the marketability of your book. You need great graphic designers, illustrators and photographers.
2. The cover must match the content
Your cover conveys genre and narrative. Your title is the first clue, but your imagery, colour choices and design utilize visual clues to strengthen the message.
“Strong cover design will catch a reader’s eye, capture their interest and communicate what the book is about. These are the things that inspire someone to buy your book.”
3. Study the competition
Book buyers scroll through retail and review sites andso should you. “No matter what product or service your business offers, it will always face competition. Understanding your competitors … is the key to success.” Writing is an art, but selling your book is business, never forget that, ever.
4. Keep your design simple
There's no right or wrong in the creative process. But, as Cover Kitchen says, "You don't want to pack 200 cool ideas into one book cover. That's why editing and perhaps ‘killing your darlings’ is an important step in the creative process… Try to keep the decorative elements down to just a few, or you risk weakening the main concept.”
5. Legibility is crucial
Books are bought online withthumbnail-sized covers. It’s crucial that book buyers “can read the title and author name.” Titles must always be prominent, and subtitles too. You never want a potential buyer to have to search out your title!
6. Always use high-quality images
Striking, high-resolution images and illustrations are important. Wow potential readers with strong imagery and powerful color choices that radiate theme and genre and personality!
Great books are collaborative efforts. No successful writer ever works alone, nor should you. Hire professional readers and editors and always work with the best book cover design team to grab eyeballs and clicks and drive sales!