A designer for my book cover?

17 Jan

I have stumbled around now for a while trying to get a designer for the cover of my book.

I understand the importance of a quality cover, get it wrong and that time you spent on your text is all wasted. I stumbled across this post yesterday which sums it all up for me.

I know what I want, well i think I do. I know from experience that when I have set an idea in my mind in terms of design it has turned out to be awful. I think for me I never see the complete picture, it is always a little blurry around the edges.

I have looked at past book covers listed within an archive. I have considered the ones that work for me, the ones that jump off the page. For me personally, it is the most simple designs, with plain texts, and bold colour.

So how do I translate that to a designer. I have been in touch with one, we are very much at the preliminary stage. As in, we are arranging to talk soon. The guys name is Ned Hoste. I like his approach and his back catalogue definitely appeals.

Has anyone else worked with Ned Hoste before? 

Tell me also, what covers appeal to you? The more feedback I get, the more I can work out i my mind what I want.

6 Responses to “A designer for my book cover?”

  1. Michele DeFilippo January 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning my blog post above. I’m glad you found it helpful and have responded to your dilemma with another post here:


    Please let me know if I can assist you further.


    • Ellie January 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Michele! I have commented and re-posted.

  2. Carol Hoare January 17, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I agree with you – simple designs, with plain texts, and bold colour. It must catch your eye as it’s the first thing you see in a row/pile of books.

    • Ellie January 17, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      Ah yes, but does that work so well on Amazon? I think it does, less fuss. I should have said in the main body of the text was the importance of design interms of viewing it as a thumbnail.


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