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Would you like to double your books sales and cut your marketing budget in half? Through rigorous testing and market research, Derek Murphy has discovered what colors, fonts, images and themes connect with readers from each genre. Improving your book cover even a little can make a huge impact on your book's success. Discover how to make your cover stand out and capture rea Would you like to double your books sales and cut your marketing budget in half? Through rigorous testing and market research, Derek Murphy has discovered what colors, fonts, images and themes connect with readers from each genre. Improving your book cover even a little can make a huge impact on your book's success. Discover how to make your cover stand out and capture reader's heads and hearts. Already have a book cover, but not sure if it's good enough? Check out http://www.doesmycoversuck.com/


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Would you like to double your books sales and cut your marketing budget in half? Through rigorous testing and market research, Derek Murphy has discovered what colors, fonts, images and themes connect with readers from each genre. Improving your book cover even a little can make a huge impact on your book's success. Discover how to make your cover stand out and capture rea Would you like to double your books sales and cut your marketing budget in half? Through rigorous testing and market research, Derek Murphy has discovered what colors, fonts, images and themes connect with readers from each genre. Improving your book cover even a little can make a huge impact on your book's success. Discover how to make your cover stand out and capture reader's heads and hearts. Already have a book cover, but not sure if it's good enough? Check out http://www.doesmycoversuck.com/

30 review for Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    Great advice, much of which goes against the grain, but is so sensible it makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. The major downside is that at least half of the images are inaccessible on the Kindle, and since the whole point of the book is visual design, this is a definite detraction. However, at the end of the day, I learned much and appreciated Derek’s viewpoint. I will be approaching my future covers with a new perspective.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Madeley

    This book gives lots of examples of covers and in this sense it is not easy to read on Kindle and is better on computer with a Kindle app or downloaded as a pdf. As always with this author there are a lot of practical suggestions and things you may not have thought about. What colours should you use? What about contrast, light and shade? What fonts and where can you go to get more unusual fonts? I like the fact that at the end of the book he gives examples of fonts that could be used for each ge This book gives lots of examples of covers and in this sense it is not easy to read on Kindle and is better on computer with a Kindle app or downloaded as a pdf. As always with this author there are a lot of practical suggestions and things you may not have thought about. What colours should you use? What about contrast, light and shade? What fonts and where can you go to get more unusual fonts? I like the fact that at the end of the book he gives examples of fonts that could be used for each genre. Also space between the letters and how this is important. How shadow can obscure the text and can even be distracting. Pictures and images and suggested sites where you can go to obtain photographs. You do need to be careful of copyright and if they can be used royalty free. As he points out, someone is only going to sue you if you sell a lot of books. It’s not worth it if you don’t. He suggests the cover should instantly signal what genre you are writing in, whether that is horror, romance or a western. The fictional cover appeals to the heart not the head. This is why he argues it is important. If it catches our eye, we will then go on to read the description. He talks about technical issues and how the images should be blended into the background so it looks seamless. Covers don’t have to be too busy. They can be simple and still effective. There is a suggestion that tag lines should be used on the front cover to entice the reader to look further. I’m reserving judgement on this idea until I’ve looked into the matter further. This book is practical and thought provoking and will make you look again at your book cover. Whether the cover sells the book is debateable, but the better the cover the more professional you look.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

    Great book with tips for book covers that sell. It’s a fast read with lots of book cover examples that he critiques. The book is full of great advice that is useful and practical. Definitely worth a read, even if you don’t want to design your own covers. It’s nice to know the information so you can tell if your designer has done a good job or not.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The good: Murphy's book has some thought-provoking points, and it's handy to look at so many covers in quick succession. The bad: The author is so opinionated he comes across as very unlikable, and I'm left wondering which pieces of his advice are ways of drumming up business and which ones are actually right. Overall, I'm glad I borrowed it instead of bought it. The good: Murphy's book has some thought-provoking points, and it's handy to look at so many covers in quick succession. The bad: The author is so opinionated he comes across as very unlikable, and I'm left wondering which pieces of his advice are ways of drumming up business and which ones are actually right. Overall, I'm glad I borrowed it instead of bought it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Norbury

    Contains a lot of solid advice that often goes against the grain of what other experts in the cover design field say. The big takeaway for me (and I noticed from other readers) is that the only thing that matters about the book cover is its effectiveness in selling your book. Period. Beautiful covers, artistic covers, clever covers, cheap covers, outrageously expensive covers; if they don't help you sell your book, they weren't worth the time and money. I also appreciated some other key points ab Contains a lot of solid advice that often goes against the grain of what other experts in the cover design field say. The big takeaway for me (and I noticed from other readers) is that the only thing that matters about the book cover is its effectiveness in selling your book. Period. Beautiful covers, artistic covers, clever covers, cheap covers, outrageously expensive covers; if they don't help you sell your book, they weren't worth the time and money. I also appreciated some other key points about sticking to successful cover styles in one's genre. Don't reinvent the wheel with a cover that doesn't convey your genre. Color and contrast are also quite important. Effective covers need not be expensive. Fonts matter a great deal. Using stock photos that turn out to have been used by numerous other authors is not necessarily a bad thing. Many more useful tidbits. My one complaint was the formatting for my Kindle, which didn't allow me to click on every link in the book. Nor could I adjust the font size or view the covers in color. But I've read in other reviews that much of this book is a compilation of blog posts, so I plan on checking out Murphy's website to see color photos of the covers he cited and check out the links. At the very least, an excellent primer for indie authors who want some guidance on how to produce a quality cover for their books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harrison Lamb

    I found Derek Murphy through his YouTube channel, where he gives pretty good advice on everything from writing, to marketing, to book cover design. When I stumbled across this book, I had to give it a shot. And after finishing it, I'm glad I did. As someone who is very interested in book cover design and has had many hours of practice designing covers for fun as well as for amateur projects on Wattpad, I decided when I first started my current writing project that I would try to DIY my own book c I found Derek Murphy through his YouTube channel, where he gives pretty good advice on everything from writing, to marketing, to book cover design. When I stumbled across this book, I had to give it a shot. And after finishing it, I'm glad I did. As someone who is very interested in book cover design and has had many hours of practice designing covers for fun as well as for amateur projects on Wattpad, I decided when I first started my current writing project that I would try to DIY my own book cover. Murphy has a wealth of useful tips and tricks to offer that have given me a lot of confidence in my own ability to at least recognise a great book cover, if not design one. A fair amount of the advice in this book does seem to be rehashed from his YouTube channel and blog, and he did repeat himself quite a few times - hence my 3-star rating - however, I did think the examples and case studies Derek provided were helpful and the repetition, if nothing else, really honed in on a lot of key points. Overall, I believe this book is a fairly useful read for both emerging book cover designers and writers. It highlights important things to remember and breaks down common design myths - valuable things for a writer to know when working with a cover designer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Dreisbach

    Overall, I did enjoy his tips and recommendations. And I really liked that he included pictures of different book covers to illustrate his point. Unfortunately, there were a lot of formatting issues on my kindle, which made it incredibly difficult to read whenever I came to a section with an image. There were also several typos and some incorrect word usage (for example, meaning to use "on" but instead used "one") which caused me to stop several times and re-read lines because I had to figure ou Overall, I did enjoy his tips and recommendations. And I really liked that he included pictures of different book covers to illustrate his point. Unfortunately, there were a lot of formatting issues on my kindle, which made it incredibly difficult to read whenever I came to a section with an image. There were also several typos and some incorrect word usage (for example, meaning to use "on" but instead used "one") which caused me to stop several times and re-read lines because I had to figure out what he meant to say. I think it is important to mention that, despite the grammatical/formatting issues, the content of the book was fine. I gave it 3 due to the grammatical/formatting stuff. Content was a solid 4 stars. Also, I couldn't find a paperback version of this book, which I would have greatly preferred.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thibaldo Manrique

    Extraordinary useful This is an extremely useful book. Far from simply presenting ideas or concepts it dives deep into what makes a cover sell books and gives extremely useful and valuable tools to achieve them. A rich source not only of the concepts, and business advise but also of the tools needed to make a successful book cover. Furthermore, it speaks to the author and the artist. It is very useful presenting both points of view and speaking to each specialty. Truly a treasure. A great value for the Extraordinary useful This is an extremely useful book. Far from simply presenting ideas or concepts it dives deep into what makes a cover sell books and gives extremely useful and valuable tools to achieve them. A rich source not only of the concepts, and business advise but also of the tools needed to make a successful book cover. Furthermore, it speaks to the author and the artist. It is very useful presenting both points of view and speaking to each specialty. Truly a treasure. A great value for the price. The only negative comment is the couple of grammar mistakes, it which are excusable, but have no place in a book advising best practices. Other than that, it's a fantastically good book. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Ray

    Really enjoyable read. I love how to-the-point Derek Murphy is with his information on book covers. His book taught me a ton about what I should be looking for in a book cover. The main takeaway is that it's not about the book cover I want but the book cover that will sell. I will definitely use this book as a resource in finding the right cover designer. I also plan on reading more of Derek Murphy's books on publishing in the future. I recommend this book for any indie authors who are just star Really enjoyable read. I love how to-the-point Derek Murphy is with his information on book covers. His book taught me a ton about what I should be looking for in a book cover. The main takeaway is that it's not about the book cover I want but the book cover that will sell. I will definitely use this book as a resource in finding the right cover designer. I also plan on reading more of Derek Murphy's books on publishing in the future. I recommend this book for any indie authors who are just starting out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Castaneda Jr

    Great book for someone looking to get into book cover designing I really enjoyed reading this book for a couple of reasons, it's really informative with lot's of good examples to get the point across and secondly it really gives you a solid base. In other words, it's not filled with wordy fluff, it's packed full of great nuggets that you can really sink your teeth into and gets to the point! I highly recommend this book. Great book for someone looking to get into book cover designing I really enjoyed reading this book for a couple of reasons, it's really informative with lot's of good examples to get the point across and secondly it really gives you a solid base. In other words, it's not filled with wordy fluff, it's packed full of great nuggets that you can really sink your teeth into and gets to the point! I highly recommend this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Randy Thurman

    I've read several book cover design books, this one is the best. I've read several books on book cover design and most are lacking. This one is exceptionally great at delivering what matters - designing a book cover that sells. Everything else is really secondary. Outstanding job! I've read several book cover design books, this one is the best. I've read several books on book cover design and most are lacking. This one is exceptionally great at delivering what matters - designing a book cover that sells. Everything else is really secondary. Outstanding job!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Day

    Everything you need to know I heard an old podcast of the author speaking to Joanna Penn and was delighted to discover I'd bought the book a day earlier. I'm reading up on book cover design before I go to a designer. I learned a ton from this book and feel confident I'll choose better covers for my books in the future. Everything you need to know I heard an old podcast of the author speaking to Joanna Penn and was delighted to discover I'd bought the book a day earlier. I'm reading up on book cover design before I go to a designer. I learned a ton from this book and feel confident I'll choose better covers for my books in the future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nina Arce

    Excellent and actionable advice! Word of caution though: it seems the only way to get a copy of the e-book is get it directly from the author by subscribing to his newsletter. The Amazon version has been pulled back due to issues with images inside, but the version I received has them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abdelkader Khelifi

    It is a book for non-specialized authors in design who want to know more about book cover design or even those who have tried to make their own, but it didn't sell. It gives you an overall idea of the design in a simple and productive manner with many resources you can be beneficial. It is a book for non-specialized authors in design who want to know more about book cover design or even those who have tried to make their own, but it didn't sell. It gives you an overall idea of the design in a simple and productive manner with many resources you can be beneficial.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darryl J. Keck

    Packed with information I am in the process of updating a few of my covers and this book had all the valuable information that I needed. I just wish it had a step-by-step instructions showing a layered cover in Photoshop. It does have lots of links to resources.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim Wilbourne

    This is a helpful beginner's guide for book cover design. It focuses more on authors hiring designers rather than being a book for designers. This is a helpful beginner's guide for book cover design. It focuses more on authors hiring designers rather than being a book for designers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Hooyenga

    Great advice broken into easy-to-swallow chunks. Definitely recommend for anyone who's self-publishing. Great advice broken into easy-to-swallow chunks. Definitely recommend for anyone who's self-publishing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Fuller

    Excellent book! I learnt heaps and there were plenty of covers to illustrate the point.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Berke

    Thinking about designing your own covers? Read this!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert A Chalmers

    Great book. Good advice, well delivered. No nonsense approach to what to look for in cover design. Anyone thinking of doing their own needs to read this. Then don’t.

  21. 5 out of 5

    D.K. Brantley

    I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but wound up reading a book with a ton of great practical advice. Great read for DIY authors. I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but wound up reading a book with a ton of great practical advice. Great read for DIY authors.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabina

    I enjoyed it most for all the examples he gave - how to do this, how to do that, what to avoid, and so on. A good read for anyone trying to design their own covers or even for the people who outsource. Due to this book, I started to notice more clearly some flaws in the designs of others.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Moore

    There are some good things and some bad things about this book. In terms of the actual information, it's very useful, generally well thought out and explained, and can go a long ways towards helping an author settle on a good cover design. I would give this book 3 or 4 stars if it weren't for a few problems. Namely, the book needs a serious overhaul from a book formatter. The author complains right at the beginning that Amazon wouldn't let him price the book at 99 cents while including the images There are some good things and some bad things about this book. In terms of the actual information, it's very useful, generally well thought out and explained, and can go a long ways towards helping an author settle on a good cover design. I would give this book 3 or 4 stars if it weren't for a few problems. Namely, the book needs a serious overhaul from a book formatter. The author complains right at the beginning that Amazon wouldn't let him price the book at 99 cents while including the images of book covers that he's discussing because the file size was too large, and given that much of the content is intended to get you to hire the author for doing cover designs he wants to keep that low price point. Instead of putting lower resolution images into the book (which would still look fine on most devices) the author links out to the original articles that he copy and pasted into the book so that you could read them on his website. Except of course that he doesn't always link to the article, just gives you the name of the article. And in many cases, he includes the links to the covers in that copy and pasted article inside of the book, which means that it's just a broken image. So, if you want to learn something, then the content is good, but be aware that you're going to have to deal with some frustrations while reading the book and will be sent on a scavenger hunt to read most of the book on the author's website rather than in the book you bought. I felt a little let down because this book came highly recommend to me, which was the only reason I continued reading through to the end. Hopefully the book will be re-formatted at some point in which case I'd recommend it, but as of now I think for most people you should just give it a pass.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Sherriff

    As much as I hate to admit it, you do judge a book by its cover. If you have a sloppy, unprofessional but quirky cover, it reflects badly on you and your sales will suffer. This is a tough lesson for me to learn as I have always liked making my own (sloppy, unprofessional but quirky) covers for my books. But I have to admit it's exactly this mindset that keeps my books in the minority appeal category. The biggest takeaway from Murphy's book for me is this: the modern book cover serves one purpos As much as I hate to admit it, you do judge a book by its cover. If you have a sloppy, unprofessional but quirky cover, it reflects badly on you and your sales will suffer. This is a tough lesson for me to learn as I have always liked making my own (sloppy, unprofessional but quirky) covers for my books. But I have to admit it's exactly this mindset that keeps my books in the minority appeal category. The biggest takeaway from Murphy's book for me is this: the modern book cover serves one purpose and one purpose only: to get the reader to click on the book description. Complete originality and quirkiness is all well and good (in the quality of the book's contents) but if you want folk to buy your book, to give it the chance it deserves, you, delicate artiste of an author, must bite the bullet and accept that a cover that looks much like other professional covers in the same genre as your book (i.e. cliched) sells. And you want your book to sell, right? Self-promotional and polemical this book may be, but that doesn't make it wrong. And what Murphy has to say about what makes a pro-cover tick, is spot on. By all means make your own covers, but become a pro at them. And this book shows you how to get started.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    About a non-fiction book, I always say that if I learned one thing worth remembering, the book was worth my time, and I found a number of things that were useful in this book. But it's short, and a little scattered and of course, self-promoting in areas. But why not? It's definitely worth the little money he's asking for it. Even more if I helps you critique your own covers. But it's no textbook. So 3.5. And thanks for the info. Addendum: I signed up for his email newsletter and he sends out ver About a non-fiction book, I always say that if I learned one thing worth remembering, the book was worth my time, and I found a number of things that were useful in this book. But it's short, and a little scattered and of course, self-promoting in areas. But why not? It's definitely worth the little money he's asking for it. Even more if I helps you critique your own covers. But it's no textbook. So 3.5. And thanks for the info. Addendum: I signed up for his email newsletter and he sends out very useful stuff that would have been handy before we published, and some of which might still be used. So I upgraded my points.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sieran

    This was very helpful and intriguing! There were many book cover examples to illustrate his points, and a lot of good, detailed comments on the covers. I especially liked the central point that book covers are about creating emotions in the reader, but I won't elaborate or else I'll spoil the book! The writing style of this book was also quite conversational, easy to understand, and engaging. There were quite a lot of typos, however, and they sometimes became distracting. Nevertheless, this book w This was very helpful and intriguing! There were many book cover examples to illustrate his points, and a lot of good, detailed comments on the covers. I especially liked the central point that book covers are about creating emotions in the reader, but I won't elaborate or else I'll spoil the book! The writing style of this book was also quite conversational, easy to understand, and engaging. There were quite a lot of typos, however, and they sometimes became distracting. Nevertheless, this book was a real eye-opener and taught me a lot!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alisa Kester

    Sometimes a particular book comes to you at the exact moment you need it. This is one of those books. It's absolutely brilliant - Derek tells it like it is, often going against the commonly believed and published "truth" about cover design. If you're an Indie writer, this book MUST be on your bookshelf. I borrowed it through Kindle Unlimited, and then immediately went and purchased a copy - it's that good! Sometimes a particular book comes to you at the exact moment you need it. This is one of those books. It's absolutely brilliant - Derek tells it like it is, often going against the commonly believed and published "truth" about cover design. If you're an Indie writer, this book MUST be on your bookshelf. I borrowed it through Kindle Unlimited, and then immediately went and purchased a copy - it's that good!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Winter Bayne

    Art is subjective and book covers are art. They are also marketing tools and advertisements for their books. This book has some good content. It also has pieces of advice that others disagree with entirely. However I think it is worth the read or at least visit the author's blog where he discusses some of the contents. It's worth getting if you think you want to design your own cover. Art is subjective and book covers are art. They are also marketing tools and advertisements for their books. This book has some good content. It also has pieces of advice that others disagree with entirely. However I think it is worth the read or at least visit the author's blog where he discusses some of the contents. It's worth getting if you think you want to design your own cover.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lara Thompson

    Excellent little book that distills many of the points the author makes on his various websites. Perhaps the thing I learned that surprised me the most but proved most obvious in hindsight: space out the text.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sean Cameron

    Makes good points about what readers expect from a book cover. I tweaked mine based on his tips, and I'm much happier with it. Makes good points about what readers expect from a book cover. I tweaked mine based on his tips, and I'm much happier with it.

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