Writing in General

Inspiring Book Covers

There’s a reason for the old adage, “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” How many times have you pulled a book from the shelf because you’ve been intrigued by the design or colors of the cover? Even if the inside doesn’t live up to the outside, the cover did its job.

A book’s colors tend to catch my eye first. The gold, gray and amethyst of Janelle Mowery’s book, When All My Dreams Come True, immediately drew me in. Tamera Alexander has a book due out in November. Get a peak at the cover of A Lasting Impression here. The blue on white reminds me of fine china. I also enjoy the “partial head” covers of Karen Witemeyer’s books. To me, they promise whimsy and a lighthearted story, something Karen is good at delivering.  

Ever wonder how some of your favorite book covers are created? I saw this video on Steve Laube’s blog and found it entertaining and informative. I particularly chuckled when they had to remove the Eiffel Tower for historical reasons.


Steve also linked to this post on Lifeway’s blog, a detailed look at the design for Elizabeth Cambden’s new book, The Lady of Bolton Hill.

WHAT SAY YOU? What was the last book with a cover that grabbed you and shouted in your ear, “Read ME!”? Why? Did the inside live up to the outside?

As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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