I’ve sent off a possible cover design for my forthcoming book on the 19th Century Barrys which I pulled together in a few minutes using a cheap software programme.
I didn’t plan to do this but an opportunity came up for a free assessment by a cover designer so I thought I’d give it a go.
I found a template with a picture of the Eiffel Tower on it and then played around a bit with the title and my name. Of course for this book the structure could be one of many towers, depending on how I want to represent the Barrys visually without just sticking their portraits on the cover.
They say you should trial a range of different cover designs with audiences to see which ones work best, but I don’t have the budget for that.
What criteria do I think should be important for a potential reader?
- Confirmation that they are looking at the right category of book e.g. historical non-fiction about buildings and their builders
- Sense of pleasurable expectation of an experience that opening the cover might lead to.
- Hint of quality of a product that can’t be touched before purchase as it will be marketed electronically, and you can’t get refunds on books you don’t enjoy reading, caveat emptor.
I will reveal the design stages later down the line.