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Can You Make the Title Bigga? : The Chemistry of Book Cover Design - Jessica Bell

Can You Make the Title Bigga?

The Chemistry of Book Cover Design

By: Jessica Bell

Paperback | 11 October 2022

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Understand the chemistry of book cover design in Can You Make the Title Bigga? by award-winning book cover designer, Jessica Bell, who is recommended by Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur, Makeuseof.com, John Fox of Bookfox, and more.

Are you self-publishing? Can You Make the Title Bigga? will inspire you with practical, actionable advice and information.

Work in marketing or graphic design in a publishing house? It offers an invaluable resource.

Studying graphic design? Already designing book covers professionally-or with dreams of doing so? Find inspiration for designs, workshops and classes.

From Jessica Bell's witty, kind, and thoughtful perspective, you will discover:

•why book cover design is so important, whether you're self-published, indie, or traditionally published

•the elements of an eye-catching, professional cover design

•how to research and choose potential book cover designers

•some of the biggest challenges an author and a designer face during a collaboration

•the balance between creating a book cover the author loves, the designer loves, and a potential reader loves

•how to prepare for a collaboration

•how to ensure a smooth sailing collaboration

•costs and recommended designers

and much more!

Includes over 100 color book cover design examples and information about project agreements, how to obtain puff quotes for your book, how to obtain ISBNs, a list of standard trim sizes, and binding options.

Industry Reviews

"Every author should read this before buying or creating a book cover. It's an A-to-Z instruction manual for how to get a fantastic cover that sells books, and it's filled to the brim with practical advice. DO NOT miss out on the side-by-side examples of bad and good designs-your eyes will get an education." John Fox, owner of Bookfox

"Jessica Bell pulls no punches as she shares her wealth of experience with you. This is a book full to the brim with actionable, clear advice. Learn why covers matter, the secrets of colours and layouts, how to pick designers and work with them, what horrors and pitfalls to avoid. Bonus: I've never read a guidebook that made me laugh as often as this one did! Jessica's honesty, directness and wit make Can You Make the Title Bigga? an utter joy to read." Lorna Fergusson, author, editor, writing coach

"A must-read for authors and cover designers that will save time and avoid disappointment! Before I worked with Jessica as my cover designer, I had NO idea how text could be integrated with images to create brilliant covers. I had NO idea how to sum up my masterpiece to help a designer or how to express my ideas clearly re a cover design. Most of all, I had NO idea how impractical and ugly those ideas were. Now, our partnership is as entertaining as this book. We spark off each other and the resulting 32 book covers-yes! 32 so far and not finished yet!-are original, striking AND attract my readers' attention. The appendix of questionnaires and contracts clarifies all you need to know to stay clear of the terrible misunderstandings that can happen between author and cover designer, and the humorous anecdotes show why such misunderstandings happen. Although I laughed at the authors' replies to designer questions, I blushed too-guilty as charged, on some counts. If you start reading this, you won't stop-and you will get something to take away, however much you know about book cover design." Jean Gill, award-winning author

"Essential and easy reading for anyone who wants to understand the subtle art of what makes a great book cover." Debbie Young, author and publishing coach

"Everything you need to know-along with everything you didn't know you needed-in one entertaining and thorough book on cover design. This goes well beyond a dry textbook on the subject and really explains book cover design in the most clear, comprehensive way I've ever seen. And you'll get a laugh out of some of the author mishaps and the distinct voice of the author." Amie McCracken, author, editor, book designer

"Rock solid advice served up with a sense of humour. Read this book before you even think about briefing a cover designer" Clare Flynn, international best-selling author of fourteen historical novels

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