August 29, 2022 3 min read
By Author Matheus Mourao
Hey, aspiring authors, here are some interesting numbers:
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 with AI-driven writing and editing, an abundance of page layout templates to choose from, and book cover design tools to experiment with.
According to a 2018 Author’s Guild survey:
We can’t all be J.K. Rowling or Stephen King! But what we can do is ensure that we capitalize on the tools available: write the best manuscript you can, employ professional editors (including developmental, editing and proofreaders) and work with a seasoned team for book cover design.
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:
A professional design team experienced in book cover design greatly increases the marketability of your book. You need great graphic designers, illustrators and photographers.
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.”
Book buyers scroll through retail and review sites and so 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.
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.”
Books are bought online with thumbnail-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!
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!
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