Cover design trends

You can change your book cover any time you like without having to change the ISBN or any of the other metadata for your book. So keep up to date with book cover design trends. Need a refresh? Book covers sell books more than any other element. So it pays to continue to do market research and make sure your cover is similar to the latest books in your genre.

Have you been seeing book covers with illustrated faces on them like Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians? Looks like a trend to me! Every year, cover designs evolve and change. You need to know what the trends are in your genre. Your cover designer can help you. Also, you'll find out what cover design trends are for your genre by doing the essential research in the Best Seller Book Marketing Master Class.

Illustrated faces on book covers

Is it a trend for your genre? Well then just do it! Some authors, like Kevin Kwan, create trends. We almost instantly know a Kevin Kwan book by its cover. Do you have a series of books you'd like to 

Kevin Kwan book covers

A while back, the trend was illustrated faces. Now, it's partially-obscured titles, according to this post at 99 Designs.

Book Cover Design Trends 2021

Scribbly fonts

Pastel colors

Blocks of images

Do your research

Make sure you know what the cover trends in your genre are! Do your research and trust your professional book cover designer. 

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Carla King is a travel and technology writer turned author and self-publishing expert. She started self-publishing in 1995 and founded the Self-Pub Boot Camp series of educational books, workshops, and online courses in 2010. She runs the self-publishing and technology track at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a series of online courses at www.selfpubbootcampcourses.com.