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February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

When shopping for books, people really do judge a book by its cover. Designing your book cover in a way that stands out can make the difference in making your book attractive to shoppers, in stores or online. The key to designing your book cover is to be an attention catcher and true to what your book is about. For example, there should not be an elephant on your book cover if there are no elephants in your story. Think about the key elements of your book, and images that will be eye-catching without giving away your story.


The very first thing a person would look at in a book is the cover and normally the illustration occupies about 80% to 90% of the front cover design. Designing or creating illustrations for a book cover needs expertise of an artist, if you really want it to be attractive. If you do use artwork when designing your book cover, you must ensure you have the right to the artwork you want to use. The easiest way to do that is to commission original artwork. Make sure the artist is compensated for their artwork. Most artists will request that they receive credits in the book itself, which is fair and respectful. Of course, you can also consider the millions of stock photos out there to incorporate into the cover of your book. This option is likely to be cheaper and faster, but you may not get exactly what you want.


When you go into a bookstore you immediately see books that are promoted in premium areas, such as the center, or at the counter, or anywhere it can be easily noticed. The other books are just piled in the shelves where the only visible thing is the spine. This is also the case for books in libraries. That's where the good title comes in to picture. The font, font sizes and colors are things to be considered in the title. You have to make sure to come up with a title that is unique since it cannot be copyrighted. The book title is something that the author should really think about. Make a list of the possible titles you can use for your book and ask your friends or relatives which one is the best. There are no rules in creating a book title so make your list as long as possible. A general rule of thumb is that the title needs to catch the attention and interest your readers in less than 2 seconds.

Back cover

Who says the back cover is not important? Of course it is! This is where the reader finds out what the book is about. This will make or break your book from the reader's point of view. Just by reading the back cover, you will get a brief picture of what the book is about. Don't give away the story in the back cover; if you do there is no point reading the entire book. Always include testimonials from the reviews of your book. It is common for people to buy a product if someone has tried and tested it especially if that someone is well-known. Use powerful and strong words (about 30-50) since the reader would only spend 10-20 seconds reading the back cover. Remember that the back cover contains the summary of your book; make it as mysterious as possible and leave your readers hanging to make them want more of your book. Get celebrity endorsements if possible as that will certainly get attention!

Designing your book cover is a vital step in making your book appealing. So may sure you put in the effort for your front cover, spine and back cover. is helping self publishers all around the world to successfully self publish and market their books with cost effective solutions to create bestsellers. The website offers a free book for budding self publishers, and many other free resources.

Terence Tam is the founder of Bookpal, he previously spent 6 years as an academic and was a contributing author for several academic books. Frustrated with the level of service he was getting with traditional publishers, he set up his own self publishing company to help other authors publish and market books with cost effective yet efficient solutions

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