Design Retrospective: Our In-House Design Team Analyzes Their Favourite Book Covers

Design Retrospective: Our In-House Design Team Analyzes Their Favourite Book Covers

A book cover is a profoundly important part of your book’s impression on potential readers. Over the past decade, FriesenPress has developed over 5,000 book titles, and that means years and years of evolving cover designs.

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The Profound Effects And Simple Not-So-Secrets Of A Great Book Cover

The Profound Effects And Simple Not-So-Secrets Of A Great Book Cover

Even an author that has no or minimal understanding of design can’t help but notice when patterns emerge in research, learning the subtleties of what makes a good cover “good” and a bad cover “bad.” The cover is your book’s crucial first impression, acting as packaging, branding, and a big part of its of marketing.

Though it’s clear that some books have overcome mediocre, or even bad, covers and gone on to become best sellers, those titles would have, most certainly, done even better with great covers. You don’t want to overcome your cover; you want to ride its success.

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5 Expert Secrets for Publishing Great Books

5 Expert Secrets for Publishing Great Books

Having helped authors sell over 7 million copies, David Chilton knows what it takes to make a great book.

Here are five of David's most impactful insights for writers and authors, gathered from his 30+ years in the book business. Enjoy!

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Design Elements All Authors Should Know

Design Elements All Authors Should Know

Learning the basics behind the visual language of book design has a myriad of benefits for authors, including helping you communicate what you’re looking for in your cover and understanding the choices your team makes when designing it.

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4 Reasons to Get Professional Book Cover Design

4 Reasons to Get Professional Book Cover Design

The arrival of eBooks and online bookstores means the purpose and benefit of a well-designed book cover has expanded further than ever before. To be effective, your cover needs to be doing many things at once - and that’s why it’s necessary to enlist the help of professionals.

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Taking Stock: How and Where to Find Images for Your Book Cover

Taking Stock: How and Where to Find Images for Your Book Cover

Stock images provide the starting point from which your designer can create imaginative and innovative cover designs, at little or no cost to you.

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How to Choose the Right Book Cover Image

How to Choose the Right Book Cover Image

Finding the right image for the cover of your book can be a challenge for many authors. Our breakdown of all the technical, creative, and legal elements you need to consider will simplify the process and help ensure your vision is fully realized.

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The Subtle Art of Typography

The Subtle Art of Typography

Typography is the point at which design and language meet; it affects the ease with which your book is read, drastically impacts legibility, and, if done incorrectly, can throw a cover design quickly off balance. The brilliance of typographic design is that the better it’s been done, the less you and your readers will even notice.

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