The Mash House

By Alan Gillespie

A tribal story about secrets, death and malt whisky

Monday, 29 July 2019

What Makes a Good Book Cover?

Happy Monday, everyone!

I've had lots of new supporters for THE MASH HOUSE recently, taking the campaign to 36% funded. The novel is officially in its second trimester. Thank you all so much for getting involved, it means a lot.

I've been thinking a lot about how the book might look once it's published. I understand the logic behind the old saying, but it's inevitable that we do judge books by their covers. Books need to have appeal on the shelf and on the screen.

I've been experimenting with some designs for book covers this morning, using an app called Canva. These do not represent the final cover in any way - Unbound's team will put together the finished product, so these are just for fun. But it's been a useful exercise in helping me to think about the tone of my narration, some pertinent imagery, and the potential audience that my book might end up appealing to.

Please do have a look, and let me know what you think of these designs in the comments section below.

Cover 1:

Cover 2:

Cover 3:

Cover 4:

Cover 5:

Many cheers,

Alan x

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Bettina Hutchins
 Bettina Hutchins says:

I like the font on cover 3 and the background on cover 2. Cover 4 is striking.

posted 29th July 2019

Alan Gillespie
 Alan Gillespie says:

Thank you, Bettina, good to know :o)

posted 29th July 2019

Patrick Scanlan
 Patrick Scanlan says:

Think covers 2, 4 and 5 are good, bu

posted 29th July 2019

Alan Gillespie
 Alan Gillespie says:

Thanks very much, Pat!

posted 30th July 2019

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