Book Covers & Titles: Tips

CVTech writers are working on blogs and websites tonight.  Some folks are editing.  We are talking about titles and book covers.  Here are some recommendations for your title: 1) Be short and catchy.  2) Alliteration is good: ex: Saddles and Spurs  3) Pick something that has the flavor of who you are.  ex: Twisted Sister  4) Use words that are easy to spell.  ex: The Red Shoes   5) Use a phrase that might be an adage or have some mystery: The Meaning of Nothing  or Measure Twice, Cut Once.  6) A good one word title that easy to spell is always great: Interstellar.  

Covers need to have excellent, striking art with easy to read graphics.  Look at covers of books in your genre to get an idea.  Suggestion: Buy the art outright. Go to your local college and find out who the best artist is there by going to student art shows.  Set a budget, and offer a price for what you want.  Make sure the colors are vibrant and catchy.  Use a good graphics or cover art template for the title and author pages, or get a graphic artist to help you.  Make sure your fonts are easy to read and evocative of your genre.  (Western style fonts for a Western)  Make sure the color of the font contrasts with the whatever is behind it, so that the font is easily readable.  Use simpler rather than more elaborate fonts.  Make them visible, size wise.

This is good advice for your website and blog too!  My suggestion is, get a FREE blog that you change on a regular basis with updated material, and get a website as your home base, or resume page, and where you can sell your book.  Give freebies occasionally to tempt people to buy your book.  I never pay anyone else to do my stuff, because sometimes website builders disappear, and then you can’t control your own website.  You can make a good website all on your own with a little help, for not a lot of money, and then YOU are in control.  have fun becoming a writer, an expert, and an all around creative person!

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