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Any thoughts or links to help with creating a successful book cover?
#1 - October 11, 2013, 02:07 PM

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Monica, your work is beautiful.

The book covers that I've noticed give me a strong sense of the main character . . . and often, the main conflict.

I've pulled books off the shelves and purchased them because the book was face out and the cover pulled me in. Some of my favorites are Loren Long's Toy Boat and Otis and the Puppy, Brian Lies, Bats at the Beach and Bats and the Ballgame, Ian Falconer's Olivia, Eric Puybaret's Puff The Magic Dragon, and Chris Van Dusen's Down to The Sea With Mr. Magee, plus a lot more. (These are Picture Book examples). I think for the most part, it's capturing the essence of the character in the story.
#2 - October 11, 2013, 04:58 PM
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I can't answer your question, but I wanted to tell you how much I like all your owl drawings. Good luck with your covers!
#3 - October 11, 2013, 07:50 PM

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Thanks Cynthia, I know the cover is important and should bring a sense of "what's this story about" - drawing the reader in.
I can think of some like Susan Jeffers - Nutcracker, Brother Eagle- Sister Sky, Cinderella and  Lassie Come-Home that have wonderful covers, better than the rest of the illustrations inside her books. I'm thinking there must be a list of good characteristics to consider when designing a book cover.
#4 - October 11, 2013, 08:25 PM

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My agent posted an interview with the cover designer who designed one of her other client's book cover. It might be of interest.
#5 - October 11, 2013, 08:43 PM
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After some research while on an MA program, I did a series on my blog about what makes a good and bad book cover. Maybe that will give you some ideas to play with? This is the first post, but you can find all the others by clicking the covers tag on my blog:
#6 - October 12, 2013, 04:51 AM

I was once the boy who wouldn't sit still!
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I feel that a cover should give insight into the contents inside the book. Good resolution and strong title treatment is a must. You have some great illustrations.
#7 - October 14, 2013, 05:06 PM


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