November Selection: Book Cover DesignsIt’s nearly the end of the year and I’m really excited about next year but I still have allot of things to do before December 31st and summer heat bear down on us in Australia! This month I have chosen a mixed bunch of book covers and I am loving YA covers at the moment. Here they are enjoy:


Coal River Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman

In this vibrant new historical novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman’s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town. . .

The first thing that stands out with this cover is the burnt orange landscape and the mood it creates. It defeinitely has that deep south feel to it. Its almost a painting but it could also be real. The text is spaced out, simple, white and effective. I also like the simple ‘a novel’ in black above the title. Sometimes the ‘novel’ or ‘novella’ drown into the background.




SoundlessSoundless by Richelle Mead 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

First the use of colour, yellow with good use of white. The orange title is excellent, its not too crouching tiger hidden dragon. Its subtle and the title looks like it could be floating int he mountains. Speaking of mountains, the background picture has been expertly chosen with greens and yellows. I also love the flowy drapes of the heroines dress draping over some of the border. You feel she could step right out of the book!




Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly by Bernadette Jiwa 

Our new digital landscape has spawned an entrepreneurial culture and the belief that anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection has the power to change the world—to create an idea that flies. But for every groundbreaking business that started this way, a thousand others have stalled or failed. Why? What’s the secret to success? What do Khan Academy, the GoPro camera, the Dyson vacuum cleaner and Kickstarter have in common?

Our ideas fly when we show others their wings.

Non-fiction covers seem to be the hardest to create as allot of them are the simplest. With a tag line that includes ‘ideas fly’ it’s easy to see how paper planes were chosen for the theme. This cover is simple, clean efficient and conveys some sort of transformation. Simple and effective.



Stars of fortune

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the legendary fire star, part of an ancient prophecy. Sasha recognises them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Nora Roberts book covers are all stellar and she must get best pick of designers? My favourite elements are in this cover…..stars, moon, exotic locations, stars and more stars. I think this book must glow in the dark. The glittery and stary gold pebbles are beautifully done. Making the pebbles slightly out of focus for the title to stand out is a problem all designers face but well executed. Corfu is nestled in the background nicely and has a nice ‘magical’ feel to it. All in all a great cover. How can we compete with that!



If you go away

If You Go Away by Adele Parks 

1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day – domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate – after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives.

A cover where there’s a mysterious old photograph and letters just gets my heart racing immediately. This cover is simple but everything is clear including the tagline which is cleverly above the ribbon and I love the blue paint on the timber floors. Perfectly executed for the genre.