Book covers are quite important to attract attention. Afterall book publishers and authors employ expensive designers and marketeers to create a book cover that has impact, style and speaks to the prospective reader. With so many books for sale, its cover design might be the difference between it being noticed and considered or left on the shelf.
So we must judge a book by its cover right? Of course the cover does not guarantee the quality of the contents or a great story but it helps us see the genre or gist of the plot. Here’s a preview of my book covers. (click to enlarge)
But what makes a good book cover? And if book covers were all a plain colour, would it it be harder or easier to pick a book to read? We might instead look for book reviews or read the synopsis on the back cover. We might ask friends for recommendations. We might be led by what the retailer pushes to the front. There’s a good article about book design on the Creative Indie website.
My initial book covers were done in Word or Powerpoint and I hadn’t a clue how to design book covers or use graphic software. Thankfully I found a good web designer and graphics company “Digital Idiom” to help me out. Once I have a book plot I am already thinking of the cover design. I meet the designer and we discuss and identify the colour, feel and possible graphics for the covers. He takes the ideas and dies the magic! Just about every time he has got it spot on, just how I imagined it to be.
Linda Irene Piper says: I have read all your books Percy Chattey and they are a brilliant read. Looking forward to reading your new one x
Dawn Northrop says: Thank you Percy. I just finished Watchit ! There’s love about. A great read looking forward to next one. xx
BOOK AWARDS SO FAR…
Pinnacle Award 2014 Best Historical Thriller “Death For A Starter”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Best Autobiography “Blitz and Pieces”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Summer Best Thriller “Politically Incorrect”
Pinnacle Award 2013 Fall Best Thriller “The Black Venus”
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