How to Design a Book Cover | Books & Beer

Fifteen accounts of life, death, and everything that interferes. by Jenna Carver

Fifteen accounts of life, death, and everything that interferes. by Jenna Carver

Aaron Wood and John Ward talk about he wild world of designing the cover of your book.  Aaron is a war-maker and experienced designer; and John Ward is a freelance illustrator specializing in e-book covers. Google+’s infrastructure gave us a few hiccups, but here’s what we covered on this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout:

  • Whether or not covers matter in a world dominated by ebooks
  • How to capture the attention of a would-be reader with a tiny thumbnail
  • What’s more important: the title or the cover art?
  • How to make a great first impression with your book’s cover
  • Why so many authors and publishers do a bad job with the title on a cover
  • The process of coming up with a good concept for the cover
  • Why you should never EVER use Poser
  • Two examples of great, simple covers: one classic and one new
  • Current trends and themes in book covers today
  • How authors can find the right cover designer for their book
  • What authors should have ready when approaching a cover designer
  • What every author wants to know: how much will it cost to hire a cover designer?
  • Two tips you need to know before trying to create a cover on your own without hiring a pro

More than a few resources were referenced, including:

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Jeff had a Lost Abbey’s Judgement Day, and Evo enjoyed a He’brew Hop Manna . Aaron drank water, and you really don’t want to know what John drank. [shudder]

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