If youre looking for the right book cover font for your specific genre, below are some proven font choices. With the different terms floating around out there it can be easy to confuse or overlook key subgenres. Since most books have elements of many different subgenres we allow our members to choose up to three that they think best fit each novel. Literary genres and subgenres fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry video and worksheet duration. As the genre became more and more experimental, publishers put a. As you saw from yesterdays example, the cover of a book alone usually shows the reader what genre the book falls under. Think about the famous books in your subgenre, whether that is crime.
This article explores how to design book covers for different genres of literature, so when your book is judged by its cover, itll come up a winner. But while your story might be entirely imagined, theres nothing fictional about the quality of these covers. Book genres were determined using the goodreads api. A designer that makes excellent romance covers might not make great nonfiction covers, and vice versa.
Covers created using stock image manipulation is common to almost every publishing genre, but are particularly visible in thrillers, romance, and nonfiction titles. We looked at the most popular shelves on goodreads and extracted any that were genre related. Students create a newspaper with eight articles written in different genres and subgenres. And the crime fiction genre is a subgenre of the fiction genre. The decline and fall of the book cover the new yorker. Forthcoming titles that fit the emerging subgenres aesthetic are fight or flight by samantha young. Each genre and subgenre includes a wellknown example and book cover image. Premade book covers and ebook covers for independent authors on a budget. The cover is there to entice readers to whats inside, not the other way around. Classifying a title into just one genre can straightjacket a book and limit its appeal. His work with bookfly and his experience as an audiobook cover designer have given him the opportunity to create hundreds of covers across a wide range of genres and authors. Five ways to tweak your nonfiction book cover to success. I can also create web images and ads for marketing purposes. If so, you might be interested in a list of book types or genres.
How do you make sure that a cover captures the soul of a book and intrigues the right reader to pick it off the shelf whether physical or digital. The above types of books can be further divided into many subcategories and each of these subcategories is a genre. A book genre is a particular class or type of book, separated based on certain criteria, like the tone, content, or setting. Finding a succinct list of the most notable ones particularly a list with definitions and examples is not always straightforward. Before you work with any of the designers below, be sure to read my 7 tips for working with a book cover designer. Top 5 book cover design tips independent authors must know. We fed our algorithm the cover image and the covers title, which often are what book consumers look at. Cover examples both print and ebook options are available, as well as interiors for both. But american independent publisher baen books have raised bad genre covers to an art in. The fantasy genre is rich with a myriad of subgenres, and each has its own conventions and trends. I offer extra graphics like 3d books and book trailers, to help you with your book promotion efforts. Here weve collected several trends that stand out across genres. For example, detective fiction is a popular subgenre of the crime fiction genre. Check out our guide on fiction book cover design and learn about typography.
In recent years, headless people have been gracing the covers of popular romance novels. A readers guide to fiction and nonfiction book genres. A books genre is determined by which genrerelated shelf the book appears most frequently on. What kind of cover design sells more books in your genre. A successful nonfiction book cover isnt just about choosing the best design or the best. But how do you define something as slippery and changeable as a genre. Takes place in the authors contemporary time period. The students will be creating five book covers with matching genrestosubgenres. If your book is already selling then designing an arty cover is fine. List of book types or genres by yourdictionary do you have a favorite type of book, either fiction or nonfiction. Book covers still use the phrase a novel for works of fiction vox. Michael whelans covers made me buy so many books in the 80s and 90s.
Whether youre describing your own work or shelving a book at a library, the right genre will help. Cover design by sheri book covers for all fiction genres. The book cover lets readers know the genre, and if they are interested they. We will discuss the different genres of books under fiction and nonfiction categories. Mays books are an awesome read btw a blend of fantasy and sciencefiction and becomes a great timetravel saga if you combine her. If you read a lot in the genre, recognising a book or film as fantasy fiction is probably something innate and automatic. While it had elements of several different styles, at the end of the day the book i was writing was essentially a selfhelp book, albeit one very much rooted in my own experience.
Your sales will make the book visible and the unique cover will get people interested. Heres another fun project to help students master genre. Science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal book cover. In the postwar era, book covers became vitally important as the book industry became commercially competitive. Activities provide practice identifying genres and subgenres.
What do you pay attention to when you design book covers. As for font color choices, well, white, white, and white. The three types of book cover design every author should. I specialise in fantasy subgenre covers using a mix of stock photography and digital illustration. Each book cover is 100% exclusive and sold only once. Below are some of the covers made by bookflys designer. Students create book covers in a variety of genres. My students had a great time expressing their creativity while reinforcing their understanding of genre, and i hope your students will too. Ultimate list of film sub genres student resources.
This unit explains literary genres of drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and explains several subgenres of each. His fantastic covers for the us version of the julian mays pliocene saga books were wonderful, like this one for the 2nd book, the golden torc. A great cover design can be one of your books biggest marketing assets. You dont need to spend a fortune on professional book cover ideas and design services to get it right. You can use three different colors to make the title, subtitle, and. When it comes to fiction, you can have multiple levels of subgenres. In this blog post, well cover 22 of them, however, there are upwards for 40 genres and even more if you count subgenres for books. Find out about popular young fiction and young adult ya fiction genres and forms so you can help students choose books theyll enjoy.
Much like in fantasy the author has a lot of scope. The top 3 subgenre choices from all members are displayed at the top of the novel page. Covers now give detailed hints about the style, genre and subject of the book, while many push design to its limit in the hope of attracting sales attention. Make sure the cover design, title and subtitle communicate all the. Im committed to designing top quality covers at affordable rates. Ive since learned that there is a name for this subgenre selfhelp memoir or prescriptive memoir. What are the fantasy book covers that made you fall in. A title for the book, a fully illustrated picture, and explanation for the subgenre must be included on the cover. Genres and forms for young adult and young fiction. In this sub genre you can find alien and cyborg heroes and heroines, romances set on board space ships and alien worlds. Science fiction and fantasy book cover designs are as fashion fickle as. Currently, design options are confined to all subgenres of speculative fiction science fiction, fantasy, etc. I know this because it is a very short story with talking animals. Many were illustrated, providing information about the genre and subject of the book, while many pushed typography and design to its limit in the hope of attracting sales attention.
For authors trying to get off the ground, unique covers are usually missed opportunities to communicate this is. This project sheet also has a convenient scoring rubric. Apr 7, 2020 these covers are the winners from joel friedlander, the book designer s monthly ebook cover design awards. Please note that it is totally possible for the same book. A book where the primary plot involves falling in love of the romantic variety and has a happy or emotionally satisfying ending. Are you thinking about branching out and enjoying a new genre. James, bared to you by sylvia day, fifty shades darker by e. Romance isnt an essential element of sci fi, but sci fi romance is a sub genre of romance. A novel is not a subtitle but the reading line on a book cover, which. Jolly creative cover designs fantasy genre book covers.
Genre book covers project students create book covers in a variety of genres. I think titles, and especially subtitles can make a huge difference. General fiction book covers bookfly design book cover. Before getting into the details for each genre, we will start from the general. When a reader looks for a new author to read, he or she usually browses books in genres they enjoy.
His work with bookfly and his experience as an audiobook cover designer have given him the opportunity to create hundreds of covers across a. Thousands of unique premade literary fiction book covers created by professional designers. Conveying a story that youve managed to dream up with nothing more than pure imagination can be a challenging task. During my presentation today at the selfpublishers online conference i got into a discussion with susan daffron about this point. Some of these fonts are free, while others must be purchased.
Business, fantasy, history, sciencefiction, and romance. Click on the menu bar title not the pull down tabs for either the premade covers or the custom cover design menu. Recently, a memoirist im working with presented me with a long list of things her editor felt a subtitle. Despite these problems, the results are uncorrected so as to correspond to what a shopper might immediately assume on first glance at a book cover. Premade book covers, made to overcome your competitors. For example, you can have a book thats a dystopian fantasy novel. New romance book covers were designed for modern women. Here are some covers that show the genre well in title, font, and image. Because this is a category with many subgenres, the examples listed are by subgenre. They add illustrations with details of each genre and explain how each text belongs in its genre. Dazzling custom book covers see more covers made especially for you amazing premade book covers see more covers printready topnotch designs high quality design see more covers to make your book stand out.235 712 1255 36 1400 1294 623 1386 993 271 1051 527 83 646 1054 425 69 151 1108 379 636 818 378 1385 1330 1069 1165 306 446 1394 1165 438 142 1406 1297 49