Authors and Designers Talking About Book Covers

It’s no debate – book covers are an important part of a well-rounded book marketing strategy. If you plan on publishing or self publishing a book sometime in the next few years, make sure you know the ins and outs of book cover design.

Cover designs featured on the site talkingcovers.com

Book cover designs featured on the site talkingcovers.com

The website Talking Covers is devoted to interviews with authors, designers, and artists about their book covers. One thing that any Canada self publishing company can agree on is that a good book cover can literally define a book. The cover design is the public face of your book to the world, and as unfortunate as it is to say, most people really do judge a book by its cover. A great cover can drive book sales, whether in stores or online – so make sure you put extra time and effort into making your book cover look fantastic!

“I haven’t looked at it. I want to have a moment of silence first, because I know my novel will never be the same… Seeing your jacket for the first time is the moment when you fully comprehend that what was once a private funhouse is now public. It’s a momentous and surreal shift.”

~ author Maria Semple on receiving her book’s cover by email from her designer

Maria Semple book cover

The cover of Maria Semple’s book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”, published by Little, Brown & Company, 2012, design by Keith Hayes.

“These days, almost everybody I talk to about Where’d You Go, Bernadette mentions its eye-catching, joyful cover. Booksellers flat-out tell me they think the book is selling so well because of its cover.”

Check it out! Talking Covers is widely regarded as the best book cover website out there, and they have some great designs that can help pique a novice self publisher’s imagination.  Enjoy!