Book Cover Design

This month brought several challenges working with my graphic designer Blake Brasor on my next poetry book: After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul.  I wanted to share questions that came up during a phone call with him on designing the book cover:

-How did you come up with your title?

-Are there any major themes, reoccurring elements, or symbolism in your story?

-What type of person do you think would be most interested in your book? 

-What is the main focal point of your book?

After answering these questions Blake will be able to sketch and brainstorm cover ideas for my book. I hope these questions help you in creating your book cover!

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4 thoughts on “Book Cover Design

  1. Stacy S. Jensen

    I assume that most designers don’t have time to read every book, so I’m glad you shared these questions. The more I read about ebook publishing, the more focus is on the cover. Which is so ironic since I’ve always grown up with … “Don’t judge a book by its cover …”

  2. Anthony F. Rando Post author

    Thanks for the comments Stacy and Jen! With so many books to discover in stores and online I believe a book cover must stand out to catch the eye of the potential readers!

  3. James G. McFadden

    Interesting questions posted, but book covers don’t determine whether I should buy it. The summary of the story along with Jennifer’s recommendation is usually how I determine if I want to read it.

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