I’m lucky that I primarily write ‘non fiction’ and ‘technical books’ so my covers do not have to be particularly eye catching.
- Which means that simple works for my genre.
My books are primarily sold online.
- Which means the covers have to work well as thumbnails.
I sell as an ebook prior to selling on paperback.
- Which means I can go live quickly without a cover - just a thumbnail with the book title
- Which also means I can change the cover a number of times early in the process and experiment.
Lessons in cover design:
- you need to be able to read the title
- you need to be able to read the author
- you don’t need to see much else
One of my most recent books was “Java For Testers”, shown below:
Compare the above image, to the “Selenium Simplified” cover below and you can see if I learned my lessons. This needs to be much larger to be readable, and e-book thumbnails are not normally that large.