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How to Create a Great Title and Eye-Catching Cover

A few decades ago, most book covers were a solid color with a standard font and a title that almost always told you nothing about what was inside if you didn’t already know. Those days are long gone. Today, we judge book by their covers in a nanosecond, so your cover not only has to stand-out as a thumbnail image, it has to hold a potential reader’s attention for five seconds or more, and have a title that is alluring and able to be listed on page one in Amazon’s search engine.

That’s a lot to cram into one image and three to ten words

So, how do you do it?

Below are

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cover Reveal: Dad Jokes for Kids

This is my third joke book for Sterling Children’s Books, and it may just have the cutest cover of all. But then how can you go wrong with kids and … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Leaping Lemmings – Cover Reveal

    Here it is at long last — the final cover for my first picture book, Leaping Lemmings! I won’t go into all the details that took this book … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Cover of Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent

Here is the final cover for Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent, a middle-grade biography about the legendary actress and singer. This is a colorized version of a black-and-white publicity … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of OZ

Today is the 75th anniversary of the release  of the most famous version of The Wizard of Oz — the one starring Judy Garland. Two months from now will see … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are You Invested in Your Book?

When you finish writing your book, few people will doubt you’re committed to your writing. You’ve spent months or years putting it on paper, and hopefully poured your heart into … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom Cover

It looks like this is going to be the Mary Dyer cover. The cover is from E. Percy Moran’s 1897 painting A Fair Puritan. The red color is cranberry because, although … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment