The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Designing a Bestselling Book Cover

Happy Friday, everyone!

You’re in for a treat, because today, I am once more going to bless you with my all-knowing graciousness!

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You see, while discussing the merits of international book covers, Marta @ Monogamist Reader and I happened to stumble upon the absolute gem that is the Italian edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And immediately, we were struck speechless by its beauty! 😍🀩😍

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Isn’t it perfect? Between the positively stunning girl, her deadly glare, and the new and improved title, it has everything a good cover needs, and it draws you in immediately!

Don’t despair, though. You may think that no book of yours could ever shine in similar splendor, but I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth! All you need are a few well-guarded secrets of the cover designing industry, and in my extreme graciousness, I have deigned to share them with you.

In eight easy steps, we will be learning how to make the perfect cover that is guaranteed to make a book sell. Just follow along, and you will be astounded at what you can accomplish if you truly believe in yourself!


Step 1: Do it yourself, even if you have no graphic design skills whatsoever!

Inspiring Examples:

Nobody likes a show-off, okay? You may think that you need lots of glitz and glam, but in reality, a cover that looks too perfect is extremely off-putting to readers. To make a book appear relatable, it needs to be clothed by a down-to-Earth designer! Besides, cover designers are EXPENSIVE. You don’t want to pay all that money, especially when what you can do yourself is way better than a professionally done job anyway.

The Implementation:

Luckily for you, I happen to be precisely such an individual. I have no graphic design skills extending past my third-grade gifted program’s GIMP crash course, which makes me an expert cover artist and the perfect person to teach you. So pay close attention and follow along as we make a stunning book cover with nothing at our disposal other than GIMP and Microsoft Word!


Step 2: Start designing as soon as possible. In other words: Don’t bother to read the book first or even get feedback from the author.

Inspiring Examples:

Seriously, guys. Reading and talking takes up a huge amount of time, and if you want to make money, you don’t have that! It’s perfectly possible to design a cover with only a vague idea of what a book is about. You can simply copy popular designs you’ve seen on other books, such as Sarah J. Maas’ spellbinding Throne of Glass series. Who cares if those don’t really portray the protagonist’s personality or give them a completely different hair, skin, or eye color? By the time readers figure that out, they’ll have already bought the book anyway. The most important thing is to make a cover alluring, so adding totally random details that intrigue the reader is the best way to go!

The implementation:

Obviously, this step won’t be a problem for us! We will simply make a cover without even knowing which book it is for! That way, we won’t have to worry about contents and can focus fully on trends. However, since we will eventually need to integrate a title and the author’s name into our design, we’ll just use “An Absolutely Amazing Book” and “Anau Thor” as stand-ins for now.


Step 3: Have people on your cover. The less clothed they are, the better.

Inspiring Examples:

Now that we’ve got the preliminaries out of the way, we need to focus on what should actually be on the cover. The most important rule here is: Do whatever it takes to make that book sell! You need to grab people’s attention! And the one thing that grabs more attention than any other in this day and age is πŸ”₯HOTNESSπŸ”₯. You want to feature abs and lots of cleavage to make sure lusty bookstore browsers see your cover and immediately start drooling!

The implementation:

Like I just explained, we need to find a picture that screams πŸ”₯HOTNESSπŸ”₯, and since we don’t want to run into any copyright issues, Pexels is our best friend. Just type in search terms like “hot tattooed guy” or “six-pack” and you’re good to go! To speed up the process, I’ve already found us the perfect image and cropped it to a book-sized format that focuses on those muscles:

(Source: estoymhrb on Pexels.com)


Step 4: Smoldering half-faces staring into the void – A Cover Essential

Inspiring Examples:

Abs and six-packs are all very well, but if you want to keep up with true 21st-century πŸ”₯HOTNESSπŸ”₯ trends, smoldering half-faces are the way to go. It is important to pick a face that extends over the whole length of the cover, that the eyes are wide open and gleaming, and that the mouth is closed, with round, full lips. Having this look is a guaranteed way to success in your designing process!

The Implementation:

Unfortunately, I already cropped off hot tattooed guy’s face in the previous step, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have the smoldering half-face look! After all, it’s guaranteed to make our book a bestseller, so we are just going to include it in our design in addition to the six-pack:

Please take particular note of the jagged edges surrounding the cropped face. In addition to being in adherence with Step 1, they also give our protagonist a rugged, mysterious look that is sure to draw readers in!

Furthermore, we also had to take great care to make sure our cover was relevant to today. Trends that worked ten years ago won’t fare so well in 2022 because, honestly, does anyone even remember what faces looked like without masks on? Obviously, COVID regulations were strictly adhered to by our cover model!

(By the way, the model was photographed by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com. And his round, full lips are most certainly closed beneath the mask, so don’t start complaining!)


Step 5: Utilize unique color combinations

Inspiring Examples:

What every good book cover needs is a bit of color – and if you can’t decide which hue to go for, just use multiple ones! Blue and yellow go particularly well together, as do blue and pink. But if two is still too little for you, you’re also more than welcome to make use of the full spectrum! Why stop at red or indigo when there’s also infra-red and ultra-violet to choose from? And glitter? You definitely need lots of glitter.

The Implementation:

Since we want our cover’s focus to remain on the six-pack and the smoldering half-face, we can’t go too overboard with color. So instead of shading everything, I just decided to add a dash here and there – while making sure to still include lots of variety and glitter, of course:


Step 6: Snakes – They’re everywhere, no matter whether they actually play a role in the book or not; so if you include one, you’re all set!

Inspiring Examples:

Every book, no matter how old or how new, how good or terrible, or how popular or unpopular, should feature a snake of the cover. Bonus points go to books that actually include the word “serpent” in the title. Seriously, guys, every second novel has one, so if you think your cover is missing something and you want to give it a bit of extra pizzazz, adding a snake is the way to go!

The Implementation:

Again, we need to make sure that we don’t cover the six-pack or the smoldering half-face, so the bottom righthand corner is the ideal place for our serpent. Any talented designer should see this immediately!

(The snake is also from Pexels.com; it was photographed by Donald Tong. Please note that, like the smoldering half-face, it features my flawless cropping skills.)


Step 7: Choose a unique title font

Inspiring Examples:

As far as titles go, you have two options. If you don’t want them to be too prominent, so that the focus remains on your amazing imagery, go for more standard fonts such as Times New Roman. I guarantee you, no one will notice those! On the other hand, you can also go for bold, curly, or glittery fonts if you want your title to stand out. If you do it right, your special font will always be associated with your novel!

The Implementation:

For our novel, we will obviously be using the most specialest font of all: Comic Sans!

Let’s be honest – compared to Comic Sans, ever other font simply pales in comparison, and by using it, we are basically already guaranteed a bestseller! And the yellow makes it even more striking, if I do say so myself.


Step 8: Add a sticker

Inspiring Examples:

No book cover is complete without a sticker. Whether it tells the reader that the novel in question is a book club pick, the inspiration behind a movie or Netflix series, an award winner, or a bestseller, nothing screams prestige quite like a sticker. Especially when it’s a fake sticker, so that removing it is simply impossible!

The Implementation:

The best stickers are big, gold, and annoying, so that is obviously what we will be going for as well! Plus, it’s always good to mention that the book will be getting a screen adaptation; that will get more people to buy it:

Whoops, I guess we just covered up the snake 😱 Ah well, everybody knows that to be a true sticker, a sticker has to cover up parts of the cover that you actually would have wanted to see. That’s simply the price we have to pay!


And thus, we have ourselves a finished cover! Isn’t it positively gorgeous? πŸ₯°πŸ˜πŸ€© Look me straight in the eye and tell me you wouldn’t proudly display it on your bookshelves!

That being said, though, I would be lying if I said the above process was the only way to go about designing book covers. There are also alternatives that are sure to lead you to an equally, if not more, beautiful design, so obviously, I’m not going to withhold that knowledge from you!


Alternative 1: If you’ve read the book (even though that is not advised), you may include details from the story. But make sure to represent them in a memorable way.

Inspiring Examples:

If you happen to have read the book in question already, then OF COURSE you are allowed to utilize that knowledge for your design process! Just make sure that your cover still manages to grab lots of attention. For example, making it disturbingly beautiful is a good way to go about this.


Alternative 2: Just use a scene from the movie

Inspiring Examples:

Why do the work when someone else has already done it for you? If there is an adaptation of the book that you’re supposed to design a cover for, just use a scene from that! It makes things super easy, much more realistic and beautiful, and besides, this option is miraculously compatible with stickers! And we already know from above that stickers are guaranteed to make a book sell.


With that wisdom, young fledgling cover designers, I leave you to make your own way in the world! Make sure to credit me whenever you design your first bestselling cover, and if any of you authors out there would like to use my template for your novel, just let me know! I think prices will probably start at around 5,000,000€ 😎

(And before you complain that that is too expensive, just remember that with this cover, your book is sure to become a bestseller!)

Anyway, let me know what you thought was most perfect about my design skills down below, and be sure to tell me about any great cover elements I may have forgotten about!

52 thoughts on “The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Designing a Bestselling Book Cover

  1. Divya Vartika says:

    OMG!!! I love your cover design. It’s absolutely the best book cover I have ever seen in my life. And your writing got me in such a laughing fit that my husband thought I was having some sort of fit. You are awesome to find such great examples to include in your post. πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      I’m glad my skills are being appreciated πŸ˜‡ Honestly, I might just have to print enough versions of this cover to make new dust jackets for all of my books, because now that I know what true beauty looks like, my shelves simply don’t do it justice…

      I’m very sorry to have made your husband so concerned for your health, though πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

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  2. Definitely Moi says:

    Ohmigosh, Naemi! You’ve been hiding your godliness this whole time! That book cover is literal perfection! 😍

    Anau Thor also happens to be one of my favourite authors! Kudos to you for scoring your first book cover with them. I’m so jealous!

    I absolutely ADORE the masked dude in front. His cold, blue eyes complement the angst radiating off his mask. I also love how a literal mask covers his face, just like how he masks his true identity in the story. You have an amazing eye for detail and impeccable taste. πŸ‘πŸ‘

    That snake, and the way the humongous unpeelable sticker covered its face?? AHMAYZING. I wish I was like you so much… πŸ₯Ί

    Oh and also, I do not think your prices are high – you deserve a lot more for putting up such a spectacular cover! When my pretend novel becomes a bestseller, I will definitely hire you to design the special editions! You rock, Naemi!

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      My godliness was always out there for the world to see. It’s not my fault if thy measly alien receptors were unable to sense it up until now 😌

      However, I am slightly mollified by the fact that you approve of this cover so much. I am very pleased someone picked up on such minute intricacies of my work, particularly the symbolism behind the mask. And getting to cover the snake’s face with the humongous sticker was indeed one of the most AHMAYZING moments in my entire career as an artist.

      Also, it’s nice to see you approve of my prices! I might have to ask for a little extra for that special edition – it is special, after all πŸ€” – but seeing that we have a long history of being fellow bloggers, I might be able to give you a discount. 8,000,000€ would do, I suppose.

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  3. jan @ thedoodlecrafter says:

    *a round of applause for naemi’s incredible designing skills*
    On a serious note, I hate half naked people on book covers, especially if it’s a ya book – the only reason I didn’t read city of bones at school was that I was too embarrassed to take that cover anywhere. I’m mostly fine with covers from the movie adaptation, especially if it’s done tastefully, but I don’t like the new covers of the grisha trilogy. That six of crows cover? What is that???
    Anyway, illustrations are the best on covers, especially if they come with pretty and swirly typography. (Comic sans is the best, ofc)

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Thank you, thank you! **takes a deep bow**

      Though I’m deeply saddened to hear you don’t approve of naked people on book covers, Jan! In fact, in my youth, I admired the Mortal Instruments covers so much that I always put the dust jackets of far uglier books on them when I was reading them out in public, because of course, I didn’t want anything damaging such perfection.

      And, obviously, the new Grishaverse movie covers are beyond stunning, too, especially when you compare them to the originals. Who wouldn’t prefer real people to some scraggly drawing of a flying crow? πŸ™„

      So yes, photographs on covers are definitely preferable to illustrations, particularly when they feature people and are further beautified by Comic Sans πŸ˜‡

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  4. Suhani says:

    The uglier the cover better right?! It’s not like anyone actually looks at the cover anyways pfftt. Why waste all that time finding an actual graphic designer when you can just slap on a stock image to the cover of your book! It’s as simple as that!!πŸ˜‚
    And the shirtless men, no one will ever feel embarrassed about reading a book with a shirtless man in public, RIGHT?!
    The snake fact though, sooo trueeee !ahhhh I always can find a snake somewhere in most of the books I read πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­
    and those unremovable stickers are the WORST. Of course they have to be on amazing covers, because that makes complete sense πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘
    I LOVED at his post so much Naemi!! I need a part two sometime lolll

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Ugly? 😀 All covers featured in this post are beyond beautiful, Suhani! Especially the stock image ones. You’re right, there’s no need for designers when there is already so much gorgeousness at your disposal!

      And why would anyone feel embarrassed by reading a book in public that has a shirtless man on the cover? I have never understood this sentiment and exclusively reach for such novels whenever I need something to read on the bus or train. And of course, they’ll also feature many snakes and unremovable stickers! Like I said, you can’t make a good cover without those πŸ˜‡

      I’m glad you liked the post, though, and I’ll see what I can do about a part two 🀣 Maybe inspiration will strike me again someday…

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  5. Devangi says:

    At first I was like ah okay how to design a cover but then it quickly went to Ahhhhh designing a cover πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and I must say that was great humour right there! But I mean it when I say that I despise half naked people on those book covers….I mean I would never take another look at it even if the title sparked some curiosity in meπŸ‘€
    And well, there is one more element in designing book covers….mystery books with black covers – they are just *chefs kiss*

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Yes, this post was all about designing a cover! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you picked up on that, Devangi! Although I’m devastated so many people in these comments don’t seem to appreciate half-naked people on their covers. Don’t you guys know about true πŸ”₯HOTNESSπŸ”₯?

      On the other hand, you are so right about mystery books with black covers. Those are beyond beautiful! Though for good measure, you should probably also add a blurry image of a girl in a red or yellow raincoat running away from something… Nothing makes a book scream “mysterious” more than that!

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  6. Line @First Line Reader says:

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Why have you been lying about your graphic design skills, Naemi? That cover is truly amazing and I would buy that book in an instant, especially because of that sticker that tells me it’s approved by A Book Owl’s Corner! The snake really does it too, even though you can’t see it. I can see all the many other covers you found with snakes on, though. I’m sure there are only a couple thousand more of those πŸ˜‚
    A tiny thing I would add to your already perfect guide is the blurb that tells you the book is for fans of whatever book is most popular within the genre at the time. Doesn’t matter if the only thing they have in common is the genre because that basically makes them the same book.

    On another note, I saw the covers you used under step 2 and now have two questions: Why does Dina look like Red Riding Hood? And what the actual fuck is going on in the Harry Potter one??? I thought you’d already introduced me to the worst Harry Potter covers!! 😱 Is that a giant rat? Why does Harry wear that on his head? My brain doesn’t understand what it’s seeing!!

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      I suppose I just didn’t want to intimidate you with all of my amazingness right off the bat, you know? After all, if you had had any inkling of me having design skills such as these, you might have felt too inferior to talk to me… πŸ˜…

      But I’m so glad you approve of the cover and would buy the book! Even though it doesn’t come as a surprise, of course. With the covered up snake and all the masked πŸ”₯HOTNESSπŸ”₯, it is simply impossible to resist.

      Though you’re right, of course – before the cover goes to bookstores, it still needs a blurb! I only didn’t mention this because I thought it was obvious and didn’t want to add the blurb before I knew which genre the cover was for. But I see now that I only confused those of you who are not yet as sure of their designing abilities as I am 😌 So when in doubt, I’d say just use “The next Harry Potter” as your blurb regardless of genre, and you’re good to go!

      Speaking of Harry Potter though – I still think the Finnish covers have the more terrifying art style, but contentwise, Italy far surpasses them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ All I can say is that maybe the cover designer had a thing for Scabbers and the fact that he is so enormous on the cover is an allusion to his hidden humanness? πŸ€” That still doesn’t explain why there is also a giant version of his head above Harry’s head, but hey, maybe that’s just a copy-paste error. It happens to the best of us πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

      As for Dina, I don’t know what that is she’s wearing, but what I think is far worse is that they made her blonde with short hair! It took several pages in the book for us to learn what she looked like in full, so by the time we did, I was already picturing her wrong due to that stupid cover! How hard would it have been to ask for a character description, huh? 😀

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      • Line @First Line Reader says:

        You’re right. Had I known you possessed such skills, I would have been way to afraid to talk to you. It would have like talking to an A-list celebrity and I could never πŸ˜‚

        And don’t worry, I was fully convinced by your designer skills. With the blurb I was only thinking of the few people who needs everything spelled out for them, and in that regard, calling it the next Harry Potter is perfect. Even if the genre is Mystery/Thriller.

        Doesn’t Scabbers bite Goyle (or someone) at the end of book one? Maybe the cover designer only read the last chapter and figured Scabbers was the main character (after Harry of course which is why he’s allowed on the cover). And someone probably mentioned wizard chess in that chapter and then you have this cover πŸ˜‚ I think you’re right about the copy-paste error because I have no other explanation for that.

        And I didn’t even notice that Dina was blond and with short hair! 😱 I couldn’t see past all the red. But the thing is… they wouldn’t even need to ask for a character description. Just look at the original Danish cover and she’s right there! Dark and like-a-horse haired.

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        • abookowlscorner says:

          Your Scabbers theory certainly sounds very plausible! Although he actually bites Goyle at the beginning of the book, on the Hogwarts Express πŸ˜‰ But that just makes things fit even better because with him having such a prominent role early on, how could you not think Scabbers was the main character? However, it still does not explain why the Italian Chamber of Secrets cover features Harry riding a giant flying book through the sky, so I decided it was time to do some research. If you want some bizarre illustrator reasoning, I highly recommed you go check out this interview: http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2020/04/24/italian-harry-potter-cover-artist-serena-riglietti-explains-that-philosophers-stone-cover-translated-interview-with-fansite-portus/ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (I still think your theory must be the real, hidden reason, though.)

          I don’t think you should trivialize the hard task the German Shamer’s Daughter cover designer had, though! Looking at other covers beforehand could inhibit the flow of creative freedom, after all. It might even lead to accusations of plagiarism! 😱

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          • Line @First Line Reader says:

            “someone found some big inconsistencies in my drawings”. You don’t say? πŸ˜‚ But it doesn’t worry her? You pretty much have one job when designing a book cover and that is to make sure it represents the book well! How can it not worry her??? And putting crazy hats on characters is one of her characteristics? If you want to have a characteristic as a book cover designer, it needs to be extremely subtle! A mouse hat isn’t subtle!! I’m glad you believe my reason because that is clearly the real one πŸ˜„

            And you’re right of course, we wouldn’t want the kind of plagiarism that would lead to characters looking the same across different translations πŸ˜‚

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            • abookowlscorner says:

              I know!! I was absolutely astounded at how she didn’t seem worried at all about having utterly misrepresented the book and even seemed pleased at how her cover had helped her “get noticed”! 🀯 I mean, if I were to strip down naked like my hot six-packed cover model and run around my village yodeling at the top of my lungs, I’m pretty sure it would get me noticed, too – but that doesn’t mean I would ever do it!! πŸ˜…

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  7. Marta the Monogamist Reader says:

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this post!!! this is brilliant, you could definitely open virtual workshops as well. I’m not sure what it’s more disturbing for me, the Happy Potter Italian cover with the massive mouse which doesn’t completely make sense?? or the Eclipse cover with Kristen Stewart staring at who knows what???

    Also, for me, books with scenes from movies/tv series are a massive NO NO. I can’t stand them and I would refuse to read a book with that cover πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      I’m glad you approve 😁😁😁 After all, I never would have come up with this idea if it hadn’t been for you sparking my designing career with that inspiring Daughter of Smoke and Bone version!

      And yes, both the Harry Potter and Eclipse covers are disturbingly gorgeous, for sure! 😍 I mean, Kirsten Stewart even has a creepy image of Robert Pattinson in her eye, so I can only assume she’s meant to be transfixed by Edward’s sparkling beauty. Isn’t that romantic? πŸ₯° And the Italian Harry Potter cover is certainly inspiring me to do this year’s reread of the series sooner rather than later, because it seems like despite already having read those books countless times, there are still some major mousy plotpoints I never picked up on πŸ€”

      I can’t understand your aversion to movie covers, though. Every single one of them is so much better than the original covers I’ve seen! Especially when they feature photographs of people who look nothing like I pictured the books’ protagonists 🀩

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  8. Strawberrys Corner says:

    As someone who has taken a few digital design courses, let me tell you, this is absolutely correct! Such a stunning cover you had at the end there, beautiful work, anyone hiring you for book cover art would have a best seller simply due to the cover alone! Stunning.

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      I’m glad you approve, Ritz! πŸ˜‡ Though yes, with that snake on it, my cover was bound to be irresistible. Just let me know when you’ve written your first novel and are in need of a designer – as my follower, you might even get a discount!

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  9. volatilemuse says:

    Thank you. That’s the best laugh I’ve had in a while. In fact, it’s the only laugh I’ve had in a while! I particularly admire your advice on the ubiquitous sticker. I’m so glad Anau Thor’s book is to become a major motion picture; what’s the point of a book that’s just a book.

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  10. Riddhi B. says:

    How the hell did I miss this post? It is utter perfection! And the cover is an even more utter-er perfection!

    And Naemi, for any future books I may or may not write, I am hiring you for cover design, if I get the friends and family discount (bringing that price to something affordable)

    Sarcasm aside,
    Honestly, I loathe naked men on covers! It’s like telling people that there is nothing in this book, but smut, and I don’t think that’s true. And I do not know why the Mortal Instruments has a naked man on the cover when it’s a fantasy. I have not read the series yet, and honestly, the covers are slightly off-putting, which is a reason I haven’t read the book.

    I really loved this post- best laugh I’ve had in a while!

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      I am glad my utter-est perfection in cover designing is being recognized! We’ll have to see about that discount – you did come here late, after all, and I don’t want to keep other clients who were more favored by the WordPress algorithm waiting 😜 – but then again, you do have the added bonus of having been a loyal follower for a very long time… πŸ€”

      And ahhh, yes, the naked men on book covers! Such beauty! Though I must admit, I also don’t understand why the Mortal Instruments feature them so prominently. There’s a bit of smut towards the end of the series, but honestly, compared to other books out there (**cough Sarah J. Maas**) they’re very tame and definitely suitable for a much younger audience! The plots and characters are extremely engaging though, so I really think you’d love them, Riddhi!!! Just read an edition with a newer cover and come join the rest of us in being Shadowhunters trash 😁

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      • Riddhi B. says:

        Hmm… I hope you keep the loyal follower thing over the first-cum-first serve basis thing

        Ooh, I see! I mean, someday maybe, I haven’t read a fantasy in ages- I don’t know why, but I just don’t enjoy the genre that much anymore (The horror, I know!)

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        • abookowlscorner says:

          We’ll see, we’ll see…

          The horror is great indeed! 😱 You’re just not reading the right fantasy books then; there are so many amazing ones out there! (But I also get having periods where you want to read something else in between πŸ˜‰)

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Yes, with such muscle quality, one must be stoically quiet, even in the presence of scientific discovery. I’m glad we agree that the mask is the best detail, though; after all, I put such effort into copying and pasting it onto the cover!

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  11. Nehal Jain says:

    This post was like so lit 🀣. I read it the day you published it but i didn’t comment coz uk well, I wasn’t well enough to type and stuff. But i had a lot of thoughts while reading it (half of which I don’t remember anymore πŸ˜‘), but one of them was that the instant i read the title i knew it was gonna be a post where you absolutely do what you did with the how to write a bestselling story. Honestly, adding that snake was lit 🀣. Like until you showed the covers i didn’t even know that so many book covers have snakes on them. It’s kinda creepy. I mean why snake? There’s so many other animals that are way cooler!
    Overall what I’m tryna say is that you pretty much added a lot of relief on a bad day when i read this post 😌

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    • abookowlscorner says:

      Gosh, being so ill that you couldn’t even type sounds even more awful than just being ill sounded! 😨 I’m so glad you’re feeling better now, Nehal, and that I was able to cheer you up at least a little bit with this post!

      But yeah, of course designing a cover is every bit as serious as writing a bestselling book, Nehal. What did you expect? After all, every bestseller needs a good cover, too 😎 In fact, maybe I’ll just have to use this one myself… The snake is so beautiful, after all! 🀩

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