Young Adult Fiction book covers vary as much as the stories inside. In fact, they may or may not necessarily project “young adult”. While it can be effective to immediately attract or relate to the book’s target audience, with many older adults often reading young adult fiction as well, it can be beneficial to for the design to have a broader appeal and a sophisticated look.
Flat design is trending, most notably in web design and mobile applications; however, there are many great examples of flat design in print and book cover design. Flat design is simplistic and modern, emphasizing shapes, colors, and typography, while avoiding the details that create realism, such as gradients, shadows, and photographs. Flat design provides visual clarity, a modern and clean feel, and can be beautifully minimalistic. When done right, flat design can grab the reader’s attention with visuals that seems to pop off the page.
Summer is a great time to get lost in a great story, a time when we would love nothing more than to grab a book and sit outside on a porch swing, or on a beach, or during a quiet night under the warm glow of a reading lamp with a window open letting in the gentle sound of crickets. A good summer book cover design will evoke these same images while remaining appropriate to its genre. Colors tend to mirror nature of the season and include a range of blues, greens, and yellows.
Back cover endorsements are a valuable part of your book’s design. Endorsements made by reputable entities and authority figures within your subject area can help boost sales. Endorsements provide a seal of approval, or testimonial about your book that convince potential buyers that the book is a worthwhile purchase, and an interesting read.
If you’re writing a book, it’s important to know standard trim sizes for your genre. This ensures that your target reader feels familiar with the size of your book as well as makes sure that you don’t have any issues when it comes to having your book printed or interior layout designed. The author, book designers, and printers will need to be on the same page when it comes to the books size to achieve the best results with minimum miscommunications or delays.
Church history books include books dealing specifically with the history of the church and extend to books on subjects related to the history of Christianity. For this reason, cover designs in this category vary depending on what a particular book focuses on. For books that specifically focus attention on the history of the church, paintings depicting biblical characters or events are commonly used as cover artwork. Below are various examples of books that fall within the category of church history to show different approaches to cover designs depending on the book’s subject.