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Here Is How You Can Create a Book Cover That Stands Out

Book Cover

As the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s face it, we all do. The cover of a book is the first thing a reader sees and can make or break their decision to pick it up and read it. That’s why designing a book cover is an essential part of the publishing process.

Here are seven things to consider when designing your book cover to make it stand out and grab your reader’s attention.

1. Understand Your Genre

The first thing to consider when designing your book cover is your genre. Different genres have different expectations when it comes to cover design. For example, a romance novel typically has a couple on the cover, while a horror novel might have a creepy image or a dark colour scheme. Understanding your genre’s expectations will help you create a cover that speaks to your target audience.

2. Know Your Competition

Knowing what your competition is doing regarding cover design is also important. Look at other books in your genre and see what works and what doesn’t. Look for patterns in the design, such as font choices, colour schemes, and imagery. You don’t want to copy your competition, but you do want to create a cover that stands out in a crowded market.

3. Consider Your Target Audience

Who are you writing for? Who is your target audience? Your book cover needs to appeal to them specifically. For example, use bright colours and bold font if you’re writing for a young adult audience. A more subdued colour scheme and a classic font might be more appropriate if your target audience is more mature.

4. Choose the Right Images

Images are a crucial part of your book cover design. They need to be eye-catching and relevant to your book’s subject matter. For example, if you’re writing a mystery novel, use an image of a dark alley or shadowy figure. If you’re writing a cookbook, use images of food or cooking utensils. Ensure your chosen images are high quality and fit your overall design.

5. Use Typography Effectively

The typography on your book cover is just as important as the images. Your font choice should be easy to read and match the tone of your book. For example, if you’re writing a horror novel, use a font that looks like dripping blood. A cursive font might be more appropriate if you’re writing a romance novel. Make sure your title and author name are easy to read, even in a small thumbnail image.

6. Keep It Simple

While it’s important to have eye-catching images and typography, it’s also important to keep your design simple. A cluttered cover can be overwhelming and turn readers off. Stick to one or two main images and fonts and use a limited colour palette. Remember, less is often more.

7. Test Your Design

Before you finalise your book cover design, testing it out on potential readers is a good idea. Show your cover to friends, family, and members of your target audience to get feedback. Ask them if the cover accurately represents the book’s contents and if it would make them want to pick up the book and read it.


By understanding your genre, knowing your competition, considering your target audience, choosing the right images and typography, keeping it simple, and testing your design, you’ll be able to create a book cover that stands out and attracts readers.

Are you looking for expert guidance on book cover design for your self-published book in the UK? We’ll help you create a cover that stands out and attracts readers. Contact us today!