Book Covers: Holly shizzal, you mean it needs words?

Book Covers: Holly shizzal, you mean it needs words?

A Lesson by TBT_BookDesign

TBT will do a free consultation with you for an EBook cover design. Meaning we have a guaranteed design program where you will not be asked to pay for the cover unless you love it and want to use the design. A key to book covers is that they show the reader what the book is about, the emotion and texture of the story needs to be shown through design which is my strong point.


Your Book's Cover: Design and Reading

Book Covers

Holly shizzal, you mean it needs words?
If you go the route of self-publishing you’ll eventually, sooner than latter, have to deal with deciding if you can design a cover or if not (come on they are hard and no one can be brilliant at everything) then you’ll need to understand what you want from a designer. Knowing what you want and how to get the right look will help you not waste time and money on a book cover.

Make sure the text is easy to read, big but it still needs to sell the style of your book.
Do you want photos, drawing, just text? Think this all out beforehand but remember that the designer is there to help you so you don't need to have a fully formed concept starting out, just an outline.
What is the tone of your book? Sad, dark, strange, funny?
Knowing these things can greatly help your designer get the right feel the first round out.

Know Thy Character to Know Thy Book Cover
I highly recommend getting to know each of your charters in your novel. Don't just write about some made up people, learn to feel for them a little, to understand them well enough to convey a realness that readers love. Does your lead person have a good heart or a dark core? Make sure the characters you flesh out will work seamlessly in your story's genre and tone.
Try writing half a page of information for each of your key characters and spend a little time just thinking about them. This will really help you connect with them and that allows you to writer a better novel quicker and with more ease.

What is your lead's main struggle? 
Is he/ she a bored person or over excited about getting the story going?

By understanding your novel or short story's characters you can develop a really wonderful story that captures people's imaginations. As you write down an outline for your story include an outline for each person in the tale and consider it as important as the story itself.

How do they see themselves? 
Are they honest or dishonest people?

As you tie in each occurrence in your story to the different characters consider which of them might make for the best plot twist or mystery. Play with them until you feel like they are your neighbors.


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Added on June 13, 2012
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