Him and His Big Mouth

A book cov­er is tricky to get right. Frankly, it’s one of those things — like edit­ing video foot­age — that looks easy but isn’t.

Scott Pack is big on book cov­ers. Why? Because people who browse book­shops really do judge books by them, and as former Chief Buyer at Waterstone’s, Scott prob­ably had access to data that con­firmed this rela­tion­ship.

A good freel­ance design­er will charge between £500-£750 for a book cov­er. Hardly pock­et money but, trust me, it could make the dif­fer­ence between selling a few hun­dred cop­ies and, oh I don’t know, SELLING FUCK ALL!

A book cov­er is tricky to get right. Frankly, it’s one of those things — like edit­ing video foot­age — that looks easy but isn’t.

Me And My Big Mouth: Dear Self-Published Author

The Gollancz Science Fiction Classics Covers

A good example of strik­ing design. These cov­ers stand out and — not typ­ic­ally for sci­ence fic­tion — there is a clear sense that the cov­er reflects the iden­tity of the book.

Creative Review has been speak­ing to Gollancz about their new range of sci­ence fic­tion clas­sics.

Each cov­er was cre­ated using A4 paper, with all the typo­graphy prin­ted and placed on the struc­ture by hand,” Jones [says]. “We then pho­to­graphed each paper struc­ture and, upon see­ing the ori­gin­al black and white images, we didn’t feel that any tweak­ing or fur­ther alter­a­tions were needed.”

A good example of strik­ing design. These cov­ers stand out and — not typ­ic­ally for sci­ence fic­tion — there is a clear sense that the cov­er reflects the iden­tity of the book.

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