What makes a good book cover?
Blogger: Rachel Kent
I am on my way to ICRS, but I’ll do my best to participate today.
One of my clients has a new release out, and I think the cover is stunning. Here it is:
The three elements I think are universal to all amazing covers are:
1) A large, readable title. It’s so important to have a clear title because so many books are purchased online these days. A title should be readable when the cover is thumbnail-sized.
2) A clearly visible author name. A large author name draws more attention. As readers, we’re used to seeing big author names on books, so we pay more attention to books with large type for the author name. It also looks good.
3) An image that hints at the time-period, setting, or topic of the book. Karen’s book shows a car from the 1920s (hard to see on a small image), and the woman on the cover is wearing a 1920s hat. The font and the dark color on the cover show that it’s a suspenseful read. As far as nonfiction goes, a recent book I saw about church planting had a sketch of a church on the front. It was obvious from the cover that it was nonfiction and about church. Readers look for these clues before picking up a book or clicking a link to read the description.
Do you agree that these three elements are important for book covers? Why or why not?
Do you have any elements to add?
Have you seen an amazing cover without all three of these? Could it have been even better if these three elements were present?
What makes a good book cover? Via literary agent @RachelLKent Click to tweet.
Three elements that make a great book cover. A list by @RachelLKent. Click to tweet.