Your book cover is extremely important. People will often decide to pick up a book depending on whether the front cover catches their attention. I admit that I have done this on a few occasions. There are just so many books out there! So, of course you would narrow down your potential reads by choosing the 'cool' looking covers.
A book cover requires a certain 'wow' factor, especially in the Fantasy genre I believe. It needs to jump off the self of a book store, or off of a page on the internet, and scream, "READ ME!". Fantasy novels often need to show the reader straight away that they are, indeed, a fantasy novel, and this requires some artistic flair.
Looking at other fantasy book covers, I have found that those that stand out are those that are the most artistic in appearance. My favourite book covers come from Cassandra Clare's series 'The Mortal Instruments'. I adore the magical effects that are used on these covers; the smoky streams and light rays. I also love how at the bottom of the covers lie a city and above is the image of a person sounded by light. This strikes me as some kind of imagery where these people stand over the city, protecting it perhaps, without the citizens knowing.
I am currently designing my cover for Sky Stone. I am attempting to keep with the theme of fire and magic. I will find my images from a royalty free image website where I can purchase images for a reasonable price. I have found that most covers I like also include an image of a person and so I hope to find a photograph of a girl that represents my antagonist. In order to create something vaguely as impressive as the covers for 'The Mortal Instruments' I need to improve my graphics design skills but I look forward to this challenge!
Scarlett Van DIjk
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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