Cover Trends: Ornate Frames

This is a moderately new trend for genre books, and it’s still more common for YA than adult SFF, but it’s lovely and complicated and much harder to do than it looks. Anyhow, this cover trend seems to do a good job of incorporating small elements from the story–either as part of the frame itself…

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Cover Trends: Ornate Lettering

One thing that I regularly do is download copies of my favorite new book covers to keep in an “Inspiration” folder. I also have a Pinterest page for those. I’m looking at those to figure out what I should try next. Here are a few from my stash:  Although each of these covers have elements that…

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Book Cover Choices: Choosing Images (avoiding THAT photo)

How using an image search can keep you from picking an overused stock photo for your cover…

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SPECFIC BOOK COVERS: MOSTLY WORDS. IS THIS THE NEW THING?

I’ve been looking at book covers a LOT lately, and I have thoughts. So many thoughts. And one of them is this: A lot of book covers are mostly title now. Not all. A percentage, of course. But in this post, I’ll include a bunch that I found solely in looking at my ‘Also Boughts’…

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FANTASY BOOK COVER DESIGN: WHAT’S GOING ON???

Last week I started talking about how fantasy book covers seem to be changing. Not all of them, but a certain percentage have been, and that’s most notably the biggest sellers. Have you seen the new Harry Potter Covers? This image comes from Pottermore: Click on it to read about Olly Moss’ new covers! Yes, they’re…

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