- Monday - Background Colors
- Tuesday - Background Pictures (Photo vs. Art)
- Wednesday - Font
- Thursday - Layout
- Friday - Cover Series
- Saturday - My favorite book covers.
Part One - Background Color
Note to authors considering self-publishing: consider a plain black or white background with a simple drawing or photo. It looks professional and it's easy. Below is a cover I did for one of my first books. Although it's not a mystery, as you can see, it's easy and neat.
I don't normally like blue on mystery covers but it's becoming really popular. Many of the new mystery books are blue. To me, they look so calm and peaceful. Perhaps they are meant to throw you off guard. Bang, a murder!
I like red. It's like blood. It symbolizes the craziness within. Not as many people go with red but especially this color, it can be very powerful.
What!? Why this color? I think there are a few reasons to go with yellow, for me, it symbolizes crazy. Perfect for a psychological mystery.
Now this is just wrong! However, if I saw a pink book in the mystery section, I might pick it out because it's just so different.
What would I choose? For my debut mystery novel, I'd probably go with a standard black or white background. But who knows...it's really up to my publisher to decide.
What would you choose? Does color matter to you? Do you judge books by its cover?