I have designed all the covers for my books. For me, it’s the treat of the whole publishing process. I love playing with images, text and light to find something that attracts my eye.
Although many will say, Don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s a fact that many people do just that. I know I do.
I’m more likely to buy a book if its cover appeals to me, and I will pass on a book if the cover hits a wrong nerve or is unattractive. Trashy fantasy novels with half-clad women never go into my cart. It doesn’t matter who the author is or how many people brag up the story.
I’ve been asked many times where I find the ideas for my covers. My answer is everywhere.
One of the places I look for inspiration is The Book Designer website. Each month, they run a contest for best eBook cover design. The covers entered into the contest for February 2015 are found here. This time around, they received 98 entries for fiction and 27 entries for non-fiction.
I browse through the many designs and read the comments made by the judges and the visitors. Sometimes it is obvious why a cover didn’t win the award. In general, I learn what works on a cover and what doesn’t. This includes fonts, images and basic design.
Each month I see various levels of skill competing for the award. If I like something about a design, I make a note. If I really like a design, I’ll do a mock-up of a pretend novel to capture the effect and tweak it to my liking. It is filed away until I need to create a real cover.
I liked the idea of words over words in a cover I saw, so I made this mock-up. Later, I used this idea for Nova Scotia-Life Near Water.
Have you entered a cover into this competition before? Now that you know about it, will you?