Night Games

night games book cover with hand against misted glass
original image used for this book cover

What a designer should do when they take a brief for a book cover?

First they listen. Then they come at the problem from two directions. First will be researching what visually represents your brief. Second is how to communicate that to a potential reader whose first knowledge of your novel might be the cover image.

This ‘imagined’ cover is a reasonable example. An image that might not have been suitable has been cropped so much that its visual message has changed from threatening ethereal.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Alien League. The original photo file came from pexels.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

Lovers and Losers

book cover beach people paperback

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is ITC Anna.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file is from my own library – taken in North Devon. The photo is from the early 1980s and taken on 35mm film stock. The digitised file has been cleaned to some extent.

original lovers and losers

Behind Closed Doors

book cover with woman hiding behind door

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Amazone.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pexels.com. I did have to tweak the colour a little and extend the door, but otherwise as I found it.

original file of woman hiding


Firefly

paperback book cover for firefly

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Futura Light.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from unsplash.com. I cropped and overlaid two images for this effect.

original images for firefly

Ice Cream Sunday

book cover paperback showing group of people blurred in autumn park.

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Amazone.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pexels.com. I cropped it quite a bit, simply to make a smaller grouping and a useful space for the title..

original image for ice cream sunday


Hidden

paperback book cover eyes hiding in forest

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Flyer.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pixabay.com. It was a huge file so I was able to crop out just the part I wanted. I had to add a bit more blue at the top of course.

original file used for Hidden


Not Now

paperback book cover hiding under pillow

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Perpetua.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pexels.com. I brightened it and, as you can see, turned it upside down. This image has been widely used.

original image for Not Now