Everything you need to know about book cover design in one graphic

I talk SO MUCH about book cover design, but I thought it would be easier to just see all the important stuff in one simple book cover design checklist. So before you publish (or if you see someone’s hideous cover and want to gentle encourage them to make a better one) please share and use this graphic.

If you don’t know what fonts people hate… I’m making a huge post on that, it will be up soon.


how to make a book cover design


  • Alex Blythe Posted May 10, 2016 11:03 am

    Thank you! Handy to have on the desktop instead of having browsers open. Just a quick question: How effective is having the Title running vertical instead of horizontal? I’ve seen it on a few covers of mainstream published novels and a few self-published. By effective, I mean for readability and visibility. I know we naturally read horizontal, so it puzzles me why some books go vertical.

    • Derek Murphy Posted May 10, 2016 5:36 pm

      The main reason to do that is if you have a longer title in a genre that needs big text; horizontally you’d have to make everything much smaller, so it gives you more space; I’ve also seen some books split the title word in half. It’s still pretty rare though, I’d avoid it if you can.

      • Alex Blythe Posted May 11, 2016 5:53 am

        Thanks Derek. Personally I think vertical looks pretty awful, but that’s just me; I thought it may have been some new marketing magic I wasn’t aware of, lol. Keep up the good work, this site’s one beast of information 🙂

  • TariAkpodiete Posted May 17, 2016 6:04 am

    this is terrific. thanks!

  • Sara Baptista Posted May 18, 2016 7:22 pm

    Not bad! The first one opened my eyes 😉

  • Tim Kimber Posted September 8, 2016 9:42 am

    Can’t wait to read Title, looks awesome. When’s it released?

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