How to make your book cover an eye candy 2.0

As an author, you’ve spent countless hours pouring your heart and soul into your book. You’ve crafted each sentence and paragraph with care, and now it’s time to showcase your hard work to the world. The book cover is the first thing potential readers see and it pulls considerably on their decision to proceed with reading the book. Previously we have presented 3 tips on how to make your book cover an eye candy.

Today we are introducing more advice to help you with creating a great, compelling book cover:

1. Use High-Quality Images

Consider using professional photographs or illustrations that are relevant to your book’s genre and theme. Note that the said image must either be legally bought on stock or is free to use due to its copyright to avoid rejections and disapprovals.

2. No Prohibited Content

Per the revised guidelines from Google and Apple, the visual depiction of books in the app must exclude certain types of content, such as nudity, sexual scenes, violence, and other illicit material. As a consequence, the platform reserves the right to modify the covers of books that were previously approved if they contain any of the aforementioned elements and reject newly applied ones. 

In case the changes are needed, the team sends an email to notify the author of the changes made to their book. So, don’t worry and check your inbox if one day the cover of your novel has changed.

3. Use Eye-Catching Fonts

The font you choose for your book title and author name can make a big difference in how well your book stands out. Bold, clear fonts that are legible and easy to read from a distance are usually the best choice. Ensure to use contrasting colours as well that make the letters easy to make out.

4. Use Colours Wisely

Choose colours that complement the image and convey the mood of the book. Bright and bold colours can be attention-grabbing, but they may not be appropriate for all genres.

5. Consider the Book’s Genre

Different genres have different conventions when it comes to book covers. For example, a romance novel cover may feature a couple embracing, while a thriller may have a more ominous, suspenseful image. It is important to make sure the cover depicts the content. 

6. Keep It Simple

Avoid overcrowding your book cover with too much text or imagery. A clean, simple design is often more effective at catching the eye of potential readers.


Remember, your book cover is the first impression that potential readers will have of your novel, so take the time to create a design that truly represents your story and captures its essence. With the right design, the cover can be the key to attracting readers and making your work a success. For exclusive contracts, the above are taken into careful consideration, thus the strict review may lead to rejection of the covers that might have a chance to be accepted for Non-Exclusive novels.

If the book shows good traction and there is a hypothesis that it could become even better with another cover, AlphaNovel team could contact the author with some options for a replacement. So, check your inbox and don’t miss the chance to get a new fancy cover for free!

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