How to Commission a Book Cover
Books are a serious catch lately, there is no doubt. Authors start to write stories and tell life experiences because people like that and let’s face it, they get seriously inspired and motivated. There are millions of books launched every day and due to this fact the book market is crazy and there are a lot of options for the readers. How do these readers pick the right book for them with so many options?
I bet you think because of the content but there are hundreds and thousands of contents like that. So, the question is, besides the content what else is key important when picking a book? The other very important factor that contributes to the choice, is the book cover of course. Whenever people go to the bookstore to find something they like they see millions of options that surround that topic but they buy the book which has the best and the catchiest cover. The cover represents the face of that book and at the same time from marketer’s point of view, the covers make the book easier to sell. Due to those two reasons, publishers nowadays pay more attention to the covers.
Book covers do make a huge difference but unfortunately, commissioning a cover design is not easy and cheap at all. Authors give statements all the time and from all statements, in general, there are some key things which can be helpful.
The first thing that comes in your mind when it comes to book cover is: Where the hell am I going to find this perfect designer, capable enough to make the cover of my dreams?
Well, you have a few options when it comes to this particular question. The first solution is called Google. Yes, Google contains tons of articles and those articles (like this one) give you tons of information. For example, you can do a thorough search and do not forget to view all the given pages below because google ranks the pages and not the information. The second solutions are friends and family. Nowadays everyone knows someone who has design skills. Yes, design skills are all over the place plus are present in a lot of people; you need to simply ask around.
Those options are great but unfortunately do not always work out. A lot of authors commission someone and if you are doing this as well please read the rest of the article.
You shouldn’t be too specific nor to be too literal. You probably do not know what you want at this point and that is even why you are asking for help. Let the designer use all the images present inside their head.
The only thing you need to be specific about is the atmosphere. Your readers have no idea what is going on inside your book, so you should place the information on the cover itself. Set some perimeters around it and leave the rest to your designer. Also, add images which will additionally contribute to the whole idea. Use simple images and not complex ones.
Remember: In case you cannot decide what type of picture you like, you can always leave the image out of the “picture”. Yes covers with only text on them are popular and can be attractive as well.
Giving examples of the covers you like will contribute as well. Tell your designer about what type of covers you like the most and they will instantly know your taste and, will get the idea of what you precisely want.
Different opinions matter but only when they are given by professionals. So, do not ask everyone around for their opinion, ask only professionals who know their work.
Books are personal for us, the authors so this is a huge reason why sometimes we should not make the final decision all by ourselves. Ask your readers and see their views on the topic, create a poll. Combine opinions, add the one you like, consult your designer and make the perfect cover.
Last but not least, I would like to recommend something which may be delicate. For covers, I always tell people to use a contest- based service to help choose the right person for you according to your budget and needs. There are a lot of platforms which give service like this one and you will also be able to review, rate or encourage them to win the project by giving you a massive amount of ideas and approaches.
I know you have questions about your budget and I will recommend you to set aside about 300$ to 500$. Instead of commissioning a cover you can also buy a premade designs These designs will only be sold once and look just as nice. But instead of paying $500 you only have to cash out $50.
So, go to our homepage, go find the right designer, spend more money and land the premade cover of a lifetime. Land a cover which so professional and creative that will give the readers a feel for what type of story your pages tell.