Friday Book Cover: A few tricks

Craig Boyack has a very interesting post on Story Empire today, dealing with ways to be sure your book cover does the best job possible. (Yes, covers have a big job to do: grab the attention of potential readers in a way that makes them want to buy your book at first glance.) I like the P. H. Solomon sample covers Craig chose to illustrate his topic, and how he defines some of the basic elements of good design. Check it out! (And don’t forget to share.)

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Hi gang, Craig here once more. Toward the end of last year we adopted a group of alternating topics for Story Empire, and when the debate was going on, I was probably late for class. My first friday assignment is to bring you something about cover art. I’m making this up as I go, but my idea is sound … if I can pull it off.

I’m going to pick on fellow Story Empire author, P. H. Solomon. This isn’t a blatant attempt to promote his work, but rather because he did everything so well here. Even so, I have to acknowledge his Bow of Hart Saga is outstanding, if you’re inclined to dig deeper.

One of the things to remember about visual arts is that the rules are more like guidelines. Sounds a lot like writing doesn’t it? Once upon a time, back when I could still buy Kodachrome…

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