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The Importance of Book Cover Design and Formatting: For self-published authors by [Smith,JD]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1643 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
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  • Publisher: Quinn Publications (22 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C46T10M
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JD Smith is a highly regarded designer of books covers and interiors, so is very well qualified to write a book like this - and generous and nice enough to share her knowledge in an easy-to-follow, accessible way, that will help any author make better choices for their own covers, whether they choose to hire a professional designer like JD Smith or to try to do it themselves.

I fall into the latter camp, though I aspire to hire a profesional designer like her when I'm selling enough books to justify the cost (though yes, that is a circular argument - with better covers, as she points out, they'd be likely to sell more anyway!)

I've also had a reasonable amount of design experience with magazines, brochures and websites, so a lot of what she's saying in here was familiar to me, but it was also well worth reading for the reassurance, and also to pick up the odd extra tip and refinement here and there. She packs a lot into a book that can be easily read in an hour. She also includes lots of sample covers to help illustrate her points.

I also enjoyed her upbeat attitude and her combination of knowing and adhering to the rules while also being independently minded e.g. rejecting the usual jargon of "thumbnail" for meaning "images at very small size" and starting a personal campaign to change it to "postage stamp" - heaps better as an analogy, because postage stamps are works of art and brilliant examples of great design that works at small scale, whereas thumbnails are just boring old thumbnails.

I am hoping there will also be a paperback edition out in due course, because this is the kind of book that belongs on every author's how-to shelf, where it would be likely to become dog-eared very fast through re-reading. Thank you very much, J D Smith!

DISCLOSURE: I received a free e-book in return for an honest review.
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This helpful book fills a clear gap in the market, providing advice and counsel to self-published authors on the importance of cover design and how to go about getting great designs for your covers.
JD Smith first makes the case for the importance of having a great cover. This may sound self-evident but a quick glance through Amazon's Kindle pages shows how many authors are evidently unaware of it! Good design is not something for the amateur dabbler.
What makes this book different is that it is about how to work with a professional designer to get the best results. It takes you through the process step by step. A great book design comes from a great brief and there are no short cuts to this – Smith explains all the requirements and the rationale for them.
The book is well illustrated showing the key elements of good design, the conventions of genre and why they matter, and the process of getting to a final cover. As well as covers, there are chapters on formatting and branding and Smith makes a strong case for not ignoring these.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the book ends with several illustrated case studies from authors who have benefitted from Smith's cover skills.
I must declare an interest, having used Jane to design the covers of my own books. She is in the process of working on my fifth cover and I am a very happy client. Whether you choose to use her services or not, this book will help you get the best out of your chosen designer.
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Concise and comprehensive, this delightful little book is essential reading not just for indie authors, but frankly ANY author who cares about how their work is perceived by their potential readers. Even if you're following a traditionally published route, you'll find everything within its pages to educate and inform you about the choices that need to be made to establish you not just as a 'serious' author, but also as a brand with a long-term future.

I'd also recommend this book to graphic designers who are entering, or already struggling with, the very specific requirements of book cover design, and particularly the constraints imposed and opportunities offered in the digital age, where a cover design has to compete at postage-stamp size with dozens, hundreds, even thousands of others within a few minutes of customer browsing.

JD Smith approaches this topic not just from the standpoint of a highly experienced graphic designer with an impeccable pedigree in producing work for others, and as a highly regarded speaker on the subject, but also as a novelist in her own right – so she's really putting her money where her mouth is! Thoroughly recommended.
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I learnt a lot about what makes a good book cover. The author talked about some things I'd never thou of, like the colour of the paper for fiction or non-fiction.

She also had a lot of examples about what makes good and bad cover design.

It's a short read because it only contains useful things and little story about her. I'd definitely recommend it.
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If you want a clearly written, well illustrated guide on the important elements of a good cover and a well designed text, this is a great guide. JD Smith brings her own extensive experience as a designer and also a writer to this work which provides useful information on what anyone who is thinking of publishing a book would want to know. She explains carefully why a good cover is necessary, if you are in any doubt, and how to go about getting the best cover you can for your work to suit your budget. She also provides helpful links that can take you down the particular path you might choose to get the cover, whether it be to do it yourself or to contract someone else to do it. Even if you aren't directly involved in commissioning a cover, this guide provides helpful information about how to provide input to those who are. She also provides good insight and advice on how to provide a good interior design, from the text to the front matter. A book you will want by your side if you're an Indie author.
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