Graphic design is something that is probably not uppermost in a writer’s mind when they start a novel, poetry collection or non-fiction title. We get excited by words and the idea of commissioning book covers, illustrations, diagrams, logos etc. can feel overwhelming. Luckily, we have a team of graphic designers and illustrators that specialise in working with writers.
Find a graphic designer or illustrator in one place
As writers we don’t want to be distracted from our work so spending time looking for someone to design a book cover, set a manuscript or provide illustrations can feel like a painful process. At VKN Publishing we decided that being a one stop shop would be the most help we could offer writers. Imagine having to speak to cover designers, illustrators, book design freelancers and project manage these people. Come off it, there’s hardly time to write let alone do all these things. Therefore, outsourcing these tasks can save you time, worry and aggravation
You can use off-the-peg graphic design solutions
There are many places where you can buy a book cover that just requires a few tweaks. In fact, we are happy to use such a thing as a starting point. However, it’s not just a case of adding your name and title. Remember the graphic design within your book forms the first impressions for the reader. Before they even read one word you have written, they are often attracted by the cover.
Your book design will help when marketing your book
Sales are lost if the cover looks unprofessional. A book cover wraps up your manuscript as a gift for a potential reader. When you get the book cover just right, by working with your graphic designer, then people will respond positively. A book cover creates a sense of excitement, curiosity, wonder, awe and any other emotion you might want to throw at it. The cover allows your readers to feel something about what they see. No comments ‘like the best book ever written’ will achieve the same emotional response.
Sometimes designing the cover as you are actually in the process of writing is a great motivator. Your graphic designer will be excited and that can be infectious. Don’t leave the book cover to the last minute as it can be a long process to get it just right. If you would like to have a 30-minute chat about your book, then book a time slot here.