Q&A With A Wordsmith: Cover Design

On Writing, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

As a writer taking a rather unique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, feel free to comment or drop me an email.


Question:
What would you say to an author that wants to design their own cover?

Answer:

My answer is simple: if you have the skill set to do it and so it right, then by all means, go for it

However, if you aren’t well-versed in the sorcery known as Photoshop or even Affinity, and instead opting for something like Microsoft Word, then you need to reconsider.

As unfortunate as it is, people still judge books by their covers and of yours isn’t eye-catching, then I’m guessing you’ll be in a bit of a bind. If you use social media, ask your followers if any them have recommendations or those aforementioned magical talents. You may find they’re willing to do it on the cheap of even free for the experience of it.

Ultimately, if you love the end result of your cover, that’s all that really matters.


Coming up, I’ll talk about my upcoming book plans.

Until next time,
Sarah

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3 thoughts on “Q&A With A Wordsmith: Cover Design

  1. So true about covers. I’m one of those authors who has been doing their own covers. (For my short stories) Even with an art degree and competence on photoshop (and it’s free cousin Gimp) it has been a learning process. I’ve had to rework several covers. For me, choosing the correct font is a huge problem. I simply hate lettering. Now I study covers from authors I like, and try to figure out which font base they used. I’d love to hear what you think about my most recent cover. You can view it here: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B094C5F5KX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

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    1. It’s very pretty. Without having read it, I’m not able to discern from the cover what kind of story awaits inside — but it’s still nice. 😊

      I think the typography and its sizing depends more on the genre. It’s easy to point out fantasies (strong, bold lettering) vs. contemporary romance (a mixture of two fonts: calligraphy/pretty handwriting for a specific word that needs to stand out and a standard font for the rest).

      I think it’s a good idea that you study the covers of the authors you like, but also be sure to check authors that write within your genre too (if they aren’t the same). And keep practicing!

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