Last week I talked about some unsuccessful covers in terms of design. This week, I thought I’d put a more positive spin on things and talk about some successful covers that I’ve seen recently.
Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth. First let’s take a look at the colours. The blues, whites and greys blend together nicely and help set the mood for this dramatic dystopian novel. The hint of red draws some attention to the author’s name, which helps potential customers remember it better. This is especially important for new authors like Ryan.
Secondly, the girl’s pose is dynamic and piques the reader’s interest. Her eyes are cast downwards to the right, suggesting that the reader open the book. Her hair flows backward and makes the reader turn the cover over to see the reviews on the back.
Overall, the design is symmetrical, simple and reflects the tone of the book.
Of course, I thought I’d plug a ChiZine book because their covers are outstanding and as a publisher, they are becoming recognized for their quality design. Erik Mohr does all of them and he is truly awesome.
I picked A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files for this update because of the smokey letters. It’s beautiful, and if you ran your fingers over the book itself you’d find the letters are embossed.
The design tells us two things about the plot of the book without us turning it over to read the back:
a) It’s a western…or at the very least, a cowboy is an important part of the plot.
b) The thin, airy smoke rising from the title suggests magic.
The cowboy’s eyes are hidden from view, but we can infer from the tip of his hat that he’s probably looking down at the description, which reads: “Volume One of the Hexslinger Series”.
A different style of cover, more simple than the previous two in today’s lineup. I picked this book up last month because of the its cover. The White Mare has an eye-catching sky blue as its cover with a gold and white border that keeps focuses the eye and keeps it from wandering off. The white title has a cursive font which wouldn’t work for a lot of books, but because it is surrounded by lots of “empty” space, it gives the eye room to breathe.
Beneath the title, also padded with space, is a description of what the book is: an historical epic set in Roman Britain. This is important because it could be easily be mistaken for pure fantasy, even though it does have some fantastical elements.
My copy of this book doesn’t have the author’s name the cursive font, which I personally like because it’s a bit more professional looking, but at least it’s the same cursive font as used above, and not a variation.
Stay tuned next week for more cover design critiques!