Trying to fit in several different or unrelated topics just makes it complicated and harder to follow. Title pictured: Dancing on the Inside by Glen Strathy. And type it. And read it. Make sure it is something that you can be happy about each and every time. Title pictured: Use All the Crayons! Title pictured: Final Cut by Bill Noel. Title pictured: Geezettes by Mary Ellen Erickson. A Preview, but Not a Summary Your title should give a hint of your story, but not give everything away.
Leaving something unanswered will motivate potential readers to purchase your book. Title pictured: Still Running by Nathaniel Northington. Complementary to the Cover Your title and cover should work with each other to enhance the effect of your cover.
If your title is not relevant to the imagery on your cover, it may confuse potential readers and cause them to move on to another title. Title pictured: The Actor by Douglas Gardham. One-Word Titles In search results, one word titles can cause your book to get lost in a sea of other book titles that contain that word or even worse — results about the topic but not your book.
Having only one word in your title also increases the chances of running into duplicate titles. Duplicates Do a search through book titles to make sure that your desired title is not already taken. But, otherwise, you should change your title. Punctuation If you are planning to have a website for your book, you need to consider that not all punctuation may be allowed in a URL.
Unintended Connotation Check online to make sure that your chosen title is not also the name of a controversial event or topic. Unintentionally offending potential readers is not something you want your book title to do. Try to create a big list of title options, the bigger the better. After all, other people are the ones you want to buy your book. Here is a simple process to get feedback on your potential titles:. Create a bracket system. Print out a bracket and write your titles on the first lines. When placing your titles, be sure to seed them so that the titles you feel are the best are not pitted against each other right away.
You can use online survey tools to get feedback from hundreds of people. To get results, incorporate your bracket and enter the two titles for each section. Review the titles that the majority of poll takers are picking and decide on your final choice. Congratulations, you now have a title for your book! Such elegance in economy. Carmen Boullosa, Before , design by Anna Zylicz.
The utter joy of the spirited and unrefined mark. A rare thing indeed in our age of endless finessing. Joan Wong.
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Every time I see another design come in, I get excited. I love the vivid colors. I love that each design features the work of a different artist and yet, they complement each other so well. I love that they all come together to form one big piece. They look eye-catching, they look weird and they look fresh. There is something so compelling about the line quality of her illustrations and the simplicity of the compositions.
The cover for Was She Pretty is no different. All three designs are beautiful to look at but my favorite part are the thin squiggly lines on the spines and the way they complement the New Directions logo. I love how the concept behind this design is very literal but the execution is very abstract. You clearly see a movie screen but it had been simplified to a wide white box. The combination of the dotted lines with the black and the movie-grab of Grace Kelly makes for a very interesting composition.
My favorite thing about this cover is that it is so unique for the thriller genre.
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This cover manages to embody the action of a crime novel with the bare minimum of a bright color, a funky typeface and a few white lines. Jaya Miceli. I love book cover designs that are unexpected, unusual and plays off the title in some kind interesting interactive way and not just a predictable literal interpretation of the book. The illustration is oddly friendly and inviting for such a strange subject matter. Works brilliantly with the title.
Kimberly Glyder. The type is purposefully interwoven with the barbed wire and the small inset boat to help move your eye through the text. The cover works on its own, but seeing the full jacket makes this one even stronger. Simply taking away letters in the title to reinforce the themes of the book is a smart, elegant solution. Laia Jufresia, Umami , design by Anna Morrison.
From the central figure sprouts various florals and ornamentation. The hand-drawn type seems to grow naturally out of the figure as well, creating a balanced display of elements. I love when type becomes the image on a cover. Here, the flowers grow out of the type, reacting off one another and placed in stark contrast to the black background.
A well-conceived design. The type on each pencil is thoughtfully placed so that you travel through the cover. Robin Bilardello. This cover may be one of my favorites of all time. I am in constant awe of the jackets he designs and The Lesser Bohemians is one of the most lovely and elegant treatments a book could have. Alexander Pushkin, trans. I like this cover for a few reasons. Obviously, the simplicity, but the cover appears as if we are looking through a frame at a giant shadow, then only seeing half a person.
Maybe a signal we will be revealed only half the story? Because this is a novel, the black, white, and gray intrigue me. Why is this cover almost fully consumed by black? The type is almost a quiet warning. The complete Tale of Shikanoko is probably my favorite of the year. I find it to be the perfect balance between two worlds and a modern take on the classic oriental art.
Reminiscent of classic s and 70s American graphic design think of Milton Glaser, Push Pin Magazine , etc , this cover manages to grab your attention and lure you into the book, while also feeling modern and timeless. Even with a limited color palette, this one probably pops-out from the shelves.
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I love how in-your-face this cover gets, speaks loudly to any reader. Lucy Kim. The art here is relatively uncomplicated but it looks rich and lush thanks to the use of the gold foil and the multitude of red shades. Samantha Hunt, Mr. I just love how the shape of the snake lends itself to the shape of the mountain which then allows for all the undulating positive and negative spaces. And that color combo can be so tricky but they totally pulled it off here!
I love the way the type was done on this, that in and of itself is gorgeous enough—and then that image of the hands pairs so well with it. Full cover flesh images can look really creepy but this has a nice warmth to it. Eric Nyquist. I love the use of fluorescent colors and gold foil stamping. To me, the covers are a perfect harmony of traditional clashing with contemporary ideas and imagery. I love everything about this book cover. There is a great article on The Spine where Charlotte and Claire discuss the ideas for their design.
Even before I actually started working with Paul on my own series The Penguin Orange Collection , I was obsessed with these beautiful covers. Anthony Bourdain, Appetites , design by Ralph Steadman. It makes me happy that this book is out in the universe. Jason Booher. One of those solutions that you experience and immediately feel yes, wow, of course.
So strange, but clear and immediate and smart, but also a little understated. So Chuck Klosterman.
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So Paul Sahre. With its pop-art friendliness, the bold-colored type calls out to you and then screws your brain up for a few seconds. Again the simpleness allows for the one big disruption of expectations to be so powerful and jarring. I remember smiling the first time I picked it up and really wanting to read it. Everything about it is perfect. The surreal absurdity of the very well crafted heads-vortex the chin tucking between the heads! The touch of tension from the stretch of the type also bridges into the inward depth of the smaller heads. Another that grabbed me in the bookstore.
The pressure of the type hitting the edges mixed with the dimensional flip flop tension of the construction, along with the beauty of the colors makes this Kelly Blair design a delight. Inside that tension and beauty the visual conundrum suggests something intellectually challenging but alive and good. This has that freshness of not feeling like another book cover. The turned photo and awkward naive lettering bring an over the top honesty to the glampunk outfits of the band, embracing the subject but hitting that tone of self-deprecating humor.
This deceptively simple cover stood out by a mile for me this year. So clean and clever. Grrr Janet Hansen! I love the way the type is handled on this cover. The photograph itself is a lovely concept and then the way the type is handled just lifts it to another level. Jon Jodzio, Knockout , design by Matt Dorfman. This is just fun. It has a lot of energy and made me want to buy it. For me this has parallels with The Bed Moved cover.
It came into my head the minute I was asked to write this list. The coloring? The overlay in the type?
Rachel Willey. This cover is like the crux of design genius. So simple and perfect, turning the type into an effect of the photo. Beautiful and restrained. And the colors are buzzing in the BEST way.
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