Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ever Wonder...How Books Covers Are Designed?

As a final wrap to the three month tour of Amanda Tero's Tales of Faith series, Amanda shares with us how she does her own cover designs (this lady is talented! :) ).

Interested in learning more about the Tales of Faith series? Watch for my personal review of Amanda's Robin Hood retelling, "Protecting the Poor" coming up next week!

Guest post by Amanda Tero

How often do you look at a book cover and consider the process it took to get to the shelves? Well, if you’re me, you analyze it. I am an avid cover lover. Sometimes I go to a bookstore just to drool over the cover designs (okay, so “drool” might not be the best verb…).

It’s easy to sit back and admire covers (or—*ahem* if you’re me—pick them apart and critique them while you admire them…). But covers have to come from somewhere. And, if you’re a broke Indie author like me, you can’t afford top-notch designs, so you do with what you’ve got and have fun playing around with designs until you find that perfect fit.

Book One
Before “Befriending the Beast” was even as series, I had just one book I was looking at. And I played with a few different ideas. I’m kicking myself now for not saving those ideas, but from what I remember, I had a main general idea and for once, stuck with that idea. I did play around with having a slightly different layout, such as…

But, I soon figured out that simple is better and chose the design I have today.

Book Two

As soon as I realized “Befriending the Beast” was morphing into a series, I knew one thing: cover design was going to be easy from here on out. Maybe boring in my creativity field, but easy. ;)

Well… kind of easy. Turns out the biggest debate was what color I should choose for the cover. As you can see, I had to play with several ideas and help from others in choosing the perfect one.

Book Three
The first thing I knew about "Protecting the Poor" was that its color would be green (I mean, Robin Hood screams green!). The hardest thing with this cover was finding the perfect background image for the bottom. This was the first idea I had...

Several of my friends pointed out that the mountains were way too bland to fit my story and the costume too fake. As you can see, the top didn't change at all, but I changed the bottom entirely for the final cover.

Back Covers
I've got to show the back covers. I mean, I spent just as much time on the back cover. And they're just as much fun to analyze as the fronts!

I chose a simpler format for the back cover and also chose to highlight something that is key to the story.

Are you a designer?
Have you ever designed a cover? If so, please comment with a link so I can view it. What is your favorite cover? Share the title and author.

About the Tour
The clock is ticking until the release of “Protecting the Poor!” This is the third and final month of Tales of Faith 3-month tour. We’ve spent a month on Befriending the Beast,a month on The Secret Slipper,” and now, are looking at a month digging into “Protecting the Poor”—the history behind it, behind-the-scenes of writing and editing, the messages threaded through it, and more. Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

Pre-Order Protecting the Poor on Amazon

About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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