Entries by Trixie

What If the Hunger Games Novel Had a Self-Published Cover?

The Hunger Games series of books by Suzanne Collins (published by Scholastic Press) feature unique covers with a distinctive typeface and well-designed icons. But what if Ms. Collins decided to self publish instead? And what if she skipped the professional cover designer and decided to get busy with Photoshop? Here’s what we think she might […]

We knew we saw this somewhere… Inspiration or what?

In today’s Handpicked Free Kindle Book post, we chose Michael West’s Poseidon’s Children as one of our selected books (based on a professional looking cover). It’s an arresting image and definitely stood out among the 300 or so covers we reviewed today. But something about the cover seemed awfully familiar. It took us a few […]

Book Cover Design Mistakes #5: Lack of Focus

Welcome to Book Cover Design Mistakes, a new series of posts on Shelfbuzz which help identify common mistakes of amateur book designers. In Part 5 of this series, we’ll shine the spotlight of shame on to covers with too many images. This is a simple mistake, yet a common one. The author/designer comes to the […]

Book Design Mistakes #4: Typographical Errors

Welcome to Book Cover Design Mistakes, a new series of posts on Shelfbuzz which help identify common mistakes of amateur book designers. In Part 4 of this series, we’ll tackle the topic of typographical errors. In addition to choosing the wrong typeface, amateur designers commit these basic errors in working with typography: Incorrect kerning and/or […]