“You are in the process of writing a book, or have already written one. You have worked hard to get to this point. You will need a cover. People will judge your book, and buy your book in part because of that cover. How can you help make your book cover design a worthwhile investment?
1. Hire a good graphic designer. Your book cover is an important piece in selling your book. Invest in a good designer with experience and vision. It will save you time and money on design flops and earn you money on sales.
2. Explain what you need.
a. Is it a book cover for print or an e-book cover?
b. What cover size?
c. Information to go on the cover: Title, subtitle, author, publishing company, etc.
d. Desired deadline
3. Explain what you want.
a. What do you imagine your cover to be? (If you have no idea – mention that too, so your designer can give suggestions.)
b. Give background information: Book genre, audience….
c. What colors do you want? What style do you want (modern, classic….)?
4. What you do not want. This is optional but important if you dislike certain colors, styles, elements…. Mention this before the start of the design process.