Mirror Theory states that somewhere in the world, all of us have someone who looks, behaves and feels just like us. They are commonly referred to as our spiritual twins. In reality it is very rare to find your mirror image, but it is said that when you do, you suddenly feel an inner peace […]
Actually, this is really depressing.
Pink must have seemed like a good idea at the cover meeting for each of these books. “Let’s subvert the Barbie stereotypes…” — that sort of thing.
But put them all together and these covers do nothing new at all. In fact, they make each book look far less important than it actually […]
This is an important book.
Did you hear me?
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK.
But hang on… won’t that font look a bit corporate and soulless?
Tell you what, rough up the edges a bit. That’ll show ‘em we’ve got heart.
Is your jacket lacking a touch of whimsy? Or do you need to make it blindingly obvious that it’s the perfect Christmas present? Wrap it up.
OK — we get it. You’ve downshifted, downsized and embarked upon a madcap, heartwarming adventure, which is aptly reflected in your hand-crafted cover.
But other genres are not immune — we’ve started to spot boats everywhere.
“So how are we going to give our book that essential air of authority?”
“Got it! Let’s make it look like it was actually published in the 16th/17th/18th/19th/early 20th century. Brilliant.”
Are you worried that you’ll alienate your readers by putting someone too old/young/beautiful/ugly on the cover? The answer’s simple… Off with her head.
A sweeping historical subject? A main character scarred by his or her past? Show everyone how deep your book is by giving it a sombre sepia tone.
Tug at your readers’ heartstrings with an isolated little figure. And don’t forget to add a colour highlight.
Need to look mysterious but somehow poignant and moving at the same time? All you need are a pair of girl’s legs (cropped at the waist of course).
Take one girl in a red coat (preferably carrying presents). A wistful back view always adds a touch of mystery.
Sprinkle on some snow and sparkle and hey presto! Christmas with a winsome twist.
Wishing all our friends and followers a very romantic Christmas, with much red-coated twirling…
Winston and Julia x