Book Cover Design Advice

Before ordering a book cover design from any designer, there are some things that authors should know. If you are new to this self-publishing thing and getting book covers done, it might be hard to choose the right book cover designer. Reading the following articles will help you make a better-educated decision when hiring (whether it is me or anyone else) and judging the concepts the designer sends you.

Getting Better Book Cover Design

12 Book Cover Design Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Book Sales – can you tell a good book cover from a bad one? Or a good one from a great one? It’s a crucial skill not just for getting a great cover but for hiring the right level professional book cover designer too. Check these out and make sure to avoid them!

4 Different Ways to Brand Book Covers for Series – this is a post for how to visually brand the covers when you are writing a book series. This should inspire some ideas for your covers and make the process easier. It features visual examples too!

Behind the Scenes: Redesigning a Book Cover – in this article I share a real case study of how I redesigned a book cover for a client. Cover DIY and was holding back sales a bit. In here I show Before/After pictures and the process it took to go from start to finish.

6 Things That All Good Book Covers Have in Common – this is a checklist of things your covers must have and it will help you pick better book cover concepts when working with designers or pick a designer with better design skills.

Working with a Book Cover Designer

Here are some tips for working with a professional and making the process easier.

12 Things to Expect When Hiring a Book Cover Designer – if you’ve never hired a cover designer or had a poor prior experience, this is a list of things to expect and look for. Working together is not just about design talent, but also teamwork. Knowing what a designer should bring to the table will help set realistic expectations and will help you hire the right designer (because there are many many many designers but finding the right one is the bigger problem).

Book Cover Planning Checklist – before even hiring a book cover designer, each author should know what their cover needs and what designers usually hope to get, in terms of information, from the author. This article will share 18 things that authors can prepare and have ready when working with any cover designer. The Checklist is available as a download if you want, ready to be used in the future!

Book Cover Design Prices in 2020 – wonder what are current prices for book cover design services? This is an overview of the general situation in the industry and what to expect when paying certain prices. This is not a be-all, end-all article. It’s not meant to tell you how much you should pay, but mostly an educational resource.

Great Book Cover Examples

75 Beautiful Fiction Book Cover Designs – I’ve collected 75 gorgeous book cover designs that I think are a great inspiration. Added some short comments on why each works well!

20 Beautiful Non-Fiction Book Cover Designs – A collection of around 20 designs for Non-Fiction covers that I think, work great. Check them out for some inspiration!

8-Question Cheat Sheet for Coming Up with Standout Book Cover Ideas – If you need to come up with cover design ideas for your own cover or wonder how professional cover designers do it, this cheat sheet will help you make your own awesome cover design ideas and save time!


Can you actually tell a good book cover from a bad one? If you’re interested in seeing if you can distinguish easily between those, take this 10-question quiz and get your score.

Can You Tell If a Book Cover is Good or Bad?

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