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Designing Book Covers

Stand out on the shelf with book cover designs starting at $399

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Cover design is included with our self-publishing packages.
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What makes a great book cover?

A good book design should tell a story. The cover art will communicate a general theme of the book, while hinting at what’s to come. This allows a potential reader to visualize the story before diving into it. Essential book cover elements include bold visuals, an appealing color palette, and eye-catching font.

It’s important that the title and the author name should be legible and easy to read so that potential readers can quickly identify the title of the book and its author. Additionally, good book covers should look balanced and organized so readers feel compelled to pick up your book.

Custom book cover design services

Who says you shouldn't judge a book by its cover? A professionally designed cover has imagery that instantly conveys the essence of what your book is about. Our knowledgeable designers have years of print and eBook design experience in various book genres. Whether the cover of your new romance novel needs to make a bold statement or your freshly baked cookbook cover needs to pop, BookBaby's designers will create a professional book design that you can be proud of. Plus, our cover design services include both printed books and eBooks!

For those who wish to create an audiobook with us, we offer audiobook cover design as an add-on service. Learn more about audiobooks.

Before and After Samples

How to design a book cover with BookBaby

1. Create a quote (trim, cover style, binding, etc.)
2. Complete our design questionnaire
3. Add your own images or let our experts use their resources
4. Review your proof

Start your book cover design

Printed book and eBook cover design is included with all Complete or Deluxe Self-Publishing Packages.

Our customers love their book covers

Fast and reliable publishing

I particularly loved the artistic design of my cover. I gave a fairly brief description and it completely blossomed!! Now my novel is out the gate and selling. Another process that I must go through, but that's fine. Thank you all so much!!

Lynette, BookBaby Author

How to create your own book cover

Get it right the first time with helpful tips and details from our design team.

Download our helpful checklist.

"All of our designers have years of experience turning a book's ideas into a compelling showcase that stops readers in their tracks. And your book is guaranteed to get the same treatment right here from our Philadelphia-area headquarters."

Becky Rodgriguez-Smith,
Design Services Manager

Satisfaction guaranteed

Not completely satisfied with your cover design proofs? We'll work with you until you are happy or you pay nothing. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I design my book cover?

Your book cover is the first thing that readers will see when they pick it up off the shelf or download it onto their Kindle or iPad. Think of it as your book's first impression — you want it to be professional, to stand out, and to be expressive of the words you've written. That's why the best way to design your book cover is by working with a professional book cover designer, such as our team at BookBaby.

Our professional design team has experience with every book genre and style, and our process is simple and efficient. At BookBaby, we work as a one-stop-shop for all your self-publishing needs — from editing, to marketing, to, of course, your book's design inside and out. To get started, contact us today, or create a BookBaby account to save a quote.

What is BookBaby's cover design process?

We make creating your original book cover a simple, yet collaborative, process. Whether you're looking for a printed book or eBook cover design, our professional design team has a tried-and-true process to creating original, vibrant book covers.

First, you can start by creating a quote. Here, you can choose your ideal trim size, cover style, binding, and paper stock options. Then, simply complete our design questionnaire to help us get a better understanding of what you're looking for in your book cover design. You can also add your own images or let our design team use their library of resources. Once your book cover is designed, you can review your proof and take one step closer toward publishing your book.

Can I create a book cover design for any genre?

At BookBaby, our book cover design services are led by our team of professional designers who have created covers for every genre. Whether you're looking for a cover for your romance novel, or something more personal to make your memoir stand out, our creative design team will work with you to ensure that your book cover truly starts your story.

You can take a look at our book styles and genres to get an idea of some of our top genres, or whether you'd like your book to be hardcover or paperback. From graphic novels to business books, cookbooks to children's books, we have experience in creating unique book covers for every genre.

Can you work with the designers to create your book cover?

Yes! Whether you have a sketch or idea already in mind, or you're starting with a blank slate, our cover designers will work with you to create the book cover you've always dreamed of. Our designers want to ensure that your book cover is just what you've envisioned — or better! — so that when you publish your book, it truly feels authentically yours.

Our collaborative process is much more personal and creative than an automated book cover designer you might find on the Internet. You can even get started by uploading some of your own images. When you work with our design team, you'll be able to have multiple conversations and direct input, so that you can be a part of the creative process from the inside out.