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.

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how to make a book cover design

How to make a book cover design

This is a huge topic; I have tutorials that have nearly 3 million views, so you could start with those, or my free package of book cover design templates. I also have a 3D book mockup maker, and a new cover creator tool that’s pretty amazing.

You can find most of my best cover design resources here.

More Book Cover Design Resources for Authors

  1. Best Book Cover Software, Designers and Services
  2. How to Design the Best Book Cover in 8 Simple Steps
  3. Midjourney AI text to image book cover design art
  4. Custom book cover design (Creativindie)
  5. Book cover design templates and 3D mockups
  6. My favorite book cover designers
  7. where to find images for your cover design
  8. Best fonts for cover design

PS. I don’t talk about it much, but I started out as an editor, then a book cover designer. I even have a guide to book cover design you can download below, or some free templates. The first two links go over to Kindlepreneur, because his blog has excellent long-form articles. But you can *understand* why your cover matters without really being able to pull it all together yourself.

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  • Alex Blythe Posted

    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

      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

        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

    this is terrific. thanks!

  • Sara Baptista Posted

    Not bad! The first one opened my eyes 😉

  • Tim Kimber Posted

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

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