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- Publisher: Quinn Publications (22 Feb. 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C46T10M
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent stuff. Not all of it was relevant to me where I am now but I envisage this as a book I will dip back into as requiredPublished 4 months ago by Síol na nGael
I don't very often give a book five stars, but I'm happy to do it for this one. As a fledgling indie author I've been investigating how to put decent book covers together, and I've... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wo Fluffy
Excellent practical source of help for writers to ensure they get the best covers and interior typography done they can. Read morePublished 9 months ago by creativepubtalk
Very useful book, containing all sort of points I would never have thought ofPublished 9 months ago by J. Jones
In this little book JD Smith has demolished one cliché, never judge a book by its cover and has given total credence to another, that good things come in small packages. Read morePublished 10 months ago by W. J. Munro
This is an expert and lucid review of the elements of good cover design and why they matter. Sample covers and a breakdown of the process will be helpful not only to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by LornaF
I really enjoyed this book. Great to see how the experts do it and well worth the read if you are contemplating self-publishing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Casey Lee
A clear and practical overview that brings objective analysis to an area dominated by gut feel. The author is an experienced book designer who explains both the technical and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by aml
Written by an established professional cover designer (and an author as well!). I learned much from this informative book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Waheed Rabbani