This is interesting. I always love reading about book cover design trends. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/08/25/flat_book_cover_design_why_do_all_the_summer_novels_have_the_same_look.html. In May the IBPA ran an article I wrote on the same topic: http://www.ibpa-online.org/article/book-cover-trends-2/.
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by Cathi Stevenson I’ve been a book cover designer for more than 15 years and I’ve created over 2,000 book covers for traditional and indie publishers. If there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way, it’s that book cover design is subjective — very subjective. I can share my experiences with clients. I can tell them what worked in the past. I can explain what I’ve learned through hours and hours and hours of research, and looking at best sellers’ lists and losing myself for entire mornings in bookstores. But, at the end of the day, determining what cover style or trend is the best, is still subjective. The client likes what the client likes. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it might be a bit narrow-minded. A book cover shouldn’t simply reflect the tastes of the author. Its purpose is not to be the prettiest picture on the … . . . Read more