How Do You Choose a Book Cover?


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When designing a cover for your book, how do you decide which font and what text colour and size you’re going to use? Where should I place my text? What colours should I use in my image? I’m in the middle of this process and still learning.

So far I’ve created hundreds of different combinations for this cover and still can’t decide which to use. I’ve narrowed the choice down to eight and sincerely hope some of my followers can help me choose. Sorry I can’t make the images small so you can view them all together.

The cover is for a murder/suspense novel. I really need your input on these. Maybe none of them are suitable like the previous one I posted. I deliberately made the text bright so it would show up in thumbnail size.

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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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22 Responses to How Do You Choose a Book Cover?

  1. For me, it has to be the first cover Carole. The white of the eye looks pinker, the font is ragged and uneven (like a last gasp) and the colours just seem right as well

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  2. They are all too busy. Prefer second down on the left.

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    • caroleparkes says:

      It appears that others like it too. This is so funny because out of all the ones I created, I pushed the plain ones on the back burner right away as being uninteresting. These were the ones with single colour, plain text and no shadowing. It looks like I’ll have to dig them out. It’s a good job I didn’t delete them, ha ha.

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  3. tric says:

    Love the first.

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  4. My Crazy Life says:

    Never use more than two fonts in two sizes and keep them dimple. Use aria, for your names. It is easy to read. Your font sizes are good. I find the title font hard to read when you use Two colors. Yellow is hard to read. Cover three us the best. Dulled out background. Make title font all red so it pops out at you. USSR plain Arial font for author names.

    Look at covers you like and determine what you like about them. Simple is better..

    Want a laugh? Read my blog. http://www.amysigns.wordpress.com

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  5. izzyasabee says:

    I agree with “My Crazy Life”. I like 1 and 3 the best, and think you should just use red instead of two colors.

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  6. I prefer the second on the left.

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  7. Kathleen says:

    Carole
    First, YAY that you are at the stage of choosing ypur cover art! 🙂 I like the first and the fourth example.
    Such an exciting dilemma 🙂

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  8. It’s between the second and the last one. Hope that helps. Choosing the right cover is tough work.

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