10 Tips for your Book Cover

Learn tips on how to design you book cover, and several mistakes many self-published authors make.  Samples of book covers will be shown.

This meeting will run for one hour.

Free event.

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  • richard k.

    Just as a follow-up on how important a good cover is, Betty Adcock, who is being inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame in October, was dining out the other night when a woman she didn't know came up to her and said, "Are you the poet who wrote that wonderful book with the gorgeous cover?"(Widow Poems, Jacar Press).
    Really, how often does a poet get approached in a public place by a stranger who loves their book?

    She apparently saw the cover on Facebook, which led her to go to our website, and she ordered the book.

    3 · September 18

  • Lee

    The sessions was great! There was lots of wisdom, encouragement and great personalities! Looking forward to the next session.

    1 · September 2

  • Cecilia E.

    Thanks Amy, for organizing and sending the notes

    1 · September 2

  • AmyAmy

    Great insights from you all, you all!! I enjoyed talking to a lot of you after the meeting. In the meeting, we said to be careful using all caps and italics b/c it's hard to read when Amazon and other social media shrink it down to a thumbnail size, and I still stand by that. We never said *never* to any item, just use caution. No mention was made of all lower caps (see notes in the PAGES page).

    Contact me for topics of future meetings (marketing your book, copyright laws, formatting, etc.). On some topics, I will have to get a speaker. Remember, the speakers are all volunteers giving their time. If you know of any expertise in any area, give me a shout.

    Happy Labor Day, everyone!

    1 · September 1

    • Sharon J G.

      Thank you, so much, Amy, for all your hard work, for organizing, for presenting, for finding a place where we could meet. You are a treasure.

      2 · September 1

  • richard k.

    Here is a good link that explains fair use and copyright pretty clearly. From Standford.

    A checklist from Columbia

    And the copyright office

    2 · September 1

  • Melissa H.

    Thanks for hosting this meet up. It was great to meet you all!

    1 · August 31

  • Sharon J G.

    Informative meeting.

    3 · August 31

  • AmyAmy

    Jon + Eileen Batson, Muriel Harley, Mara Mathews, Christie Fernandez, Sarah Rothman, and Lee Redwood will also be attending.

    August 29

  • richard k.

    Yes Raymond, I agree that many of the popular POD printers don't produce professional-looking products. As for covers, yes, you're right about the need to be scaleable; also ebook covers have to be designed differently. What's effective on a shelf isn't necessarily effective on a Kindle.
    I look forward to meeting you.

    1 · August 26

  • richard k.

    Another thing people overlook is the time prospective customers actually look at a cover. I researched this a couple years back and, if I remember correctly, the average reader spends 8 seconds looking at the front cover, 10-12 looking at the back.
    I spent an entire afternoon one day in Quail Ridge Books standing by the poetry section asking people to pick out the covers that caught their eye and to tell me why. Out of around 50 or more covers on full display, no one picked out more than 2 covers. Most people said none.
    The front cover gets you to the back. The back gets you inside. If the front doesn't do its job, you have lost the browser as a potential book buyer.,

    2 · August 25

    • Raymond

      Hello Richard. I agree. Front covers are critical to marketability. This includes online book sales. Book cover designs need to be also "scaleable" so that when its reduced on a site like Amazon.com, it still looks stunning with an easy to discern design. I work a lot in book cover design and production areas. Typsetting is also critical. Most books that go through CreateSpace. Lulu, etc., do not have a professional look.

      1 · August 25

  • Raymond

    Most authors who seek to self-publish, underestimate the critical importance of book design and production to the marketing of a book. Over 95% of self-published books do not have the quality production to be admissible in "bricks-and-mortar" bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

    1 · August 25

  • richard k.

    Would it be appropriate to bring samples and contact information for the designer who does all the Jacar Press and Sable Books covers? (Someone who has a degree in graphic design).

    1 · August 11

    • Sharon J G.

      I'd like that information. Please bring it for me if no one else.

      4 · August 12

    • AmyAmy

      Robert, sorry for the delay. I was in New York for a week... just got back hours ago. Sure, you can bring business cards to refer, but I signed something for the library to assure I wouldn't be selling. He can come and listen to the presentation if he'd like; just mark down that you're bringing a guest. I do want various designers to be referred, without giving weight to one particular designer. This is more an instructional get-together, not to promote any one business (as I'm sure you're aware of). Thanks!

      1 · August 20

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