It’s no secret that the world of book publishing is highly competitive. Authors must do everything they can to make sure their books stand out from the crowd and attract readers. One of the best ways to grab the attention of potential customers is by creating an eye-catching cover design. For authors who don’t have the time or resources to have a custom cover designed, premade book covers are an ideal option.
Popular authors in Thriller and Mystery genres, such as Melinda Leigh, JD Robb, Mary Stone and L T Ryan, all use typical covers that fit well into the genre. Having a genre-appropriate cover is most important as readers will click on more of the same type of images that they liked before.
When it comes to thriller and mystery book covers, two elements are often key – striking light/dark contrast and clear fonts. Many of these covers feature dark colors, such as deep blues, dark purples, black, and red. The colors are often offset by white or a lighter shade of the same color, creating a dramatic contrast.
In addition to the colors and imagery, the typography used on these covers is also important. The font type and size must be carefully chosen to ensure that the title stands out. Thriller and mystery book covers often feature bold, capitalized text and creative font choices. It’s also important to make sure that all the information, such as the author’s name and the book’s subtitle, is easily readable.
Popular imagery typically includes landscapes, dramatic houses, solitary figures, and occasionally symbols or objects.
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I add both Contemporary as well as Historical Mystery/Thriller covers whenever I get a chance in between my custom work.