I promised a post a while back about Book Covers, similar to the Web Design Hell post I did for the Fictorians. But then I found Creativindie’s post 8 Cover Design secrets that Publishers use. While he’s talking specifically about larger scale publishers and practices they use to draw in readers, there’s a lot of things that he covers that are good design guidelines.
NOTE! This is useful for writers and designers as well. Pretty much anyone that ever wants to make a book cover.
What it boils down to though is the following three ‘laws’:
1. Make it clear
2. Make it interesting
3. Make it look worth the cover price.
There’s that whole saying about ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ but people do. They totally do.
I do. Why?