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DESIGN FOR PUBLISHING

Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Designing their Own Book Covers

YES. You really can tell a book by it’s cover. Never let bad book design define the story you want to tell.

If you can’t afford to hire a professional designer, be sure to avoid:

  1. Bad font choices (too big, too small, hard to read)
  2. Squeezing in too much info
  3. Uncomplimentary color choices
  4. The use of clip-art or stock photos
  5. Emulating or copying a “best-seller” cover
  6. The use of lo-res personal photography
  7. Blurring the emphasis between title and subtitle
  8. Not targeting your reader’s emotional commitment
  9. Letting your neighbor’s high-schooler design your cover
  10. The $99 online book cover design