Dear Hearters,

I can't stress how many times I've heard the same phrase,

"Don't judge a book by its cover!"

There's nothing totally wrong with such saying, in fact, it proves to be very useful, in certain situations. In others, it's okay to make known that I would look at you and say but that's exactly what you need to do.

Now take this, for example, you've finished writing this awesome jaw dropping novel that you know will have everyone at the edge of their seats. Problem is, only you know this book is worth reading but no one else, well apart from your family and of course your best friend because telling you that whatever you do is great - is their job.

So you could try to write a miraculous blurb and I'm sure you could hook someone on that; I say miraculous because for the reader to have seen the blurb in the first time they need to go through the cover image first and if they're not entranced then say goodbye to those reads.

Therefore, in this case, judging a book by its cover might just be the reason your book gains its popularity.

Rule Number One

MAKE SURE IT RELATES TO THE CONTENT!

It sounds like a simple enough rule but you would be surprised to see how many beginners or even people who you would expect to be experts don't put much thought into this because the cover looks nice already.

For example, a picture like this:

dark, black, and gold image

Could represent a dark themed story, maybe fantasy, paranormal or adventure but to see it in the humor, romance or chick lit section would be an honest stretch. But it's very easy for people to get it wrong.

Rule Number Two

Make sure you have your editing apps at the ready. After trying out a few my favorites would definitely be;

  • Canva
  • PicMonkey
  • PicsArt
  • VSCO
  • Facetune

Now some of you will be looking at your screen thinking why the hell you would need Facetune to make a book cover. But when you need to get that background of a picture you want to use, as white as possible, then Facetune is your magic.

Once you've found your editing apps you're going to need images to edit and I can say that WeHeartIt has never disappointed me when it comes to this. In fact, if you're ever in need, I have collections of tons of very appealing high-quality photos.

Rule Number Three

TRY, TRY, TRY AND NOT BE BASIC

It's easy to make a book cover by just putting a title, maybe a caption and your pen name. But the same boring outline won't get you anywhere next to another cover that is much more creative.

Image by E D E N R O S E A Image by E D E N R O S E A
As nice as both of these photos are I would be more likely to click on the right one and want to read without clicking the blurb. But the left I would need some push from the blurb to actually read.

Rule Number Four

One of the most underrated but arguably most important factor. The font. Now a different font can be the difference between a alright cover to a AMAZING! cover.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FONT.

So remember these 4 rules;

  • Relation to Content
  • Editing Apps & Photos
  • BE UNIQUE
  • FONT

And your books will easily attract readers before you can say don't judge a book by its cover.

From,

A Fellow Hearter

p.s. take your time, a book cover needs patience.


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