Book Cover Design
Custom and customizable covers to capture readers from the first second
To give you the most publishing flexibility, Outskirts Press offers four cover design services.
Eight seconds is all the time you have to WOW a potential reader into considering your book.
With so much competition, it's more important than ever to make your book stand out in the crowd—especially in a wide sea like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, or Google Play. Your book cover is the first thing people see and it only has 3 seconds to capture the reader's interest enough to get them to turn the book over, or click on the link, to read more.
Your book's cover will be used for all editions of your book and can be used in all your marketing materials as well to add an element of continuity and encourage brand recognition:
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes & Noble NOOK
- Apple Books
- Google Play
- Large Print Edition
At Outskirts Press, authors have three levels of customization for their book's cover.
Customizable Book Covers
All of our publishing packages come with cover design options that can be customized to suit your book's unique needs. These cover designs are created by professional book designers and are based on high-performing book design themes to ensure your book puts its best foot forward.
You can review our Customizable Cover Themes Look Book to see samples of how authors have customized their book covers using these versatile cover designs.
Custom Cover Design
If you have something very specific in mind for your book cover, our Custom Cover service is exactly what you need. This service comes with two levels to further tailor your publishing experience to your individual needs.
Our Custom Cover service comes with two unique cover designs developed by one of our professional book designers and based on your specific instructions. Now the only question is, which one will you choose?
Our Custom Cover LITE service offers the same professionally design custom cover, based on your specific instructions, but now you won't have to choose since only one cover is developed with this service.
Both of our Custom Cover services use high-quality, royalty-free images from Getty Images so you never have to worry about managing image rights or limiting print runs. With hundreds of thousands of images to choose from, we're sure we will be able to capture the essence of your book.
Illustrated Book Cover
If even our Custom Cover isn't versatile enough to suit your needs, we have the ultimate in customization—a one-of-a-kind custom cover illustration can be drawn specifically for your book, to your exact specifications.
A custom-illustrated cover is particularly effective when you have a series of books, think Harry Potter—all those covers have the same overall design aesthetic which creates a sense of cohesion, even though each cover is different.
Fully-illustrated book covers give a level of professionalism which is an absolute must for high-quality, award-winning book series. You can be confident putting your cover art in the hands of our talented illustrators.
Below are some great examples of our custom-illustrated covers for adult books:
Below are some great examples of our custom-illustrated covers for children's books:
IT’S TRUE: People DO judge books by their covers. Make sure readers are impressed with yours!
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