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How do you make a book cover?

How do you make a book cover?

The book design process in 7 steps —

  1. Understand the elements of a cover.
  2. Research the market.
  3. Choose a design direction.
  4. Figure out what the design needs to emphasize.
  5. Choose graphics and fonts.
  6. Collect feedback.
  7. Know what the printer needs.

How do you come up with a good book cover?

When selecting a cover, follow this five-point checklist:

  1. Get to know the author. If the author has an established look or feel from previous publications, stick with it to build brand recognition.
  2. Understand the content.
  3. Identify key themes.
  4. Acknowledge the genre.
  5. Consider where the book will be sold.

What book covers do?

The purpose of a book cover is to convey the theme or purpose of your story in a distinctive manner. But, this does not mean that your cover needs to scream your entire story in flashy fonts and eloquent imagery. Authors sometimes ruin their own story by adding too much information on the cover.

How do you choose a book cover?


  1. The genre needs to be clear at a GLANCE.
  2. It should look like other INDIE books.
  3. It should convey the IDEA rather than the LITERAL story.
  4. Should stand out in the RIGHT way.
  5. Make sure it’s CURRENT.
  6. Don’t try to squeeze too much TEXT on the cover.

Should I put my face on my book cover?

Many authors think that putting their picture on the front cover will make them famous. This is not necessarily so. Unless you are well known in the media, bookstore buyers will not accept your book which pictures you on the front cover. Otherwise, your picture and bio belong in the back matter of the book.

Can I use a painting as a book cover?

As long as the painting is under copyright, you cannot use publicly without permission any copy (reproduction) you may own or find. This is true even if you are the actual owner of the original painting. You own the object, not the right to copy it.

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