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7 Things We Consider in Your Book Cover Design

Your book cover design is important because it serves as the primary visual representation of your book, and can have a significant impact on whether potential readers choose to purchase or read your book. When designing a book cover, there are several important factors we consider to ensure that it effectively communicates the essence of your book and attracts readers.

Here are seven things we keep in mind.

3 paperback books on a blanket, sitting next to a cup of coffee
All three book covers shown were designed by Ellie Augsburger of Creative Digital Studios

Target Audience

It's important to consider who your target audience is when designing the book cover. A book cover for young adults might be more colorful and vibrant, while a book cover for a business audience might be more sleek and professional. Consider the age, gender, and interests of your target audience. If your cover design doesn't attract your audience, you're not connecting with the people who will love your book and leave that 5-star review your book deserves. On the other side of that coin, if you're attracting readers who don't normally enjoy your kind of book, they could leave bad reviews instead, hurting your sales potential.

Knowing what your audience enjoys and what draws them in is the crucial first step in the design process. That's why the first thing we do when we start a new cover design is take a trip to the bookstore (not that we need an excuse!) and browse the shelves looking for interesting design trends.


While we're sipping our coffee and grabbing way too many books at the bookstore on our research trip, we also try to consider how we can use those trends to our advantage and make your book stand out on the shelf. We want your book to look true to the genre and attract your readers while also making your cover catch the eye and shine. Your book cover should be unique and stand out from the competition. Consider what sets your book apart from others in the same genre; we can use imagery or typography that reflects that uniqueness. This will help your book stand out on the shelf and grab potential readers' attention.


The image or artwork on the book cover should be eye-catching and relevant to the book's content. It should be visually striking and evoke the mood or theme of the book. It should also be high quality and high resolution, so that it looks good in print and online.


The book cover should be visually appealing and relevant to the genre of the book. Different genres have different design conventions, and readers often have certain expectations when it comes to book covers. For example, a romance novel might feature a couple in an embrace, while a thriller might feature an ominous setting or image.


The typography of the book cover is important for legibility and visual appeal. The title and author's name should be easy to read, and the font should be appropriate for the genre and tone of the book. Consider the size, color, and placement of the text and how it fits in with the rest of the scene and imagery of the front cover.


Your book cover should be eye-catching and easy to read. Use contrasting colors and fonts to make the title and author name stand out. We avoid using busy backgrounds or images that can make the text difficult to read. It's also important to consider the thumbnail too, and having a good contrast in the cover design helps with that. We do so much on our phones and online, that a large portion of your readers are going to be looking at your cover online. Making sure your cover looks amazing and alluring when it's only an inch tall is an important factor that a lot of people overlook.

3 books in the Hell Holes Series by Donald Firesmith
Hell Holes Series by Donald Firesmith. Covers Designed by Ellie Augsburger of Creative Digital Studios


The book cover should be consistent with the author's brand, if you have one. If you have a distinct style or voice, it should be reflected in the book cover design. This helps readers recognize you and your work, and can help with book sales. This is especially true if it's a book in a series. You want your readers to know instantly that your book is part of a cohesive unit. You're not just selling your one book; you're selling the whole series.

By considering these seven factors, we create a book cover that effectively communicates the essence of your book and attracts readers.

Making book covers is our favorite thing to do. Reach out to us today, and we can get started on a professionally designed book cover for your amazing book.

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