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If I could do anything I wanted, I'd train to be a lion tamer. Totally serious. I'm not sure how one gets on that career path, but it's on my list of to-dos. Also on my list? Travel to London, learn sign language and be the best mom I can be to my little boy. Oh, and get published. Yep, I'm ambitious like that. Read more about me here.

Apr 6, 2015

Trends in Cover Design

I've always liked design. I even started my own blog design business three years ago this month. (I can't believe it's been that long!) So, suffice it to say, whenever a book comes out, one of the first things I look at is the cover design.

We all know how important a cover design is. A cover can make or break your book. Trends come and go in cover design, but it's interesting to see which ones are used where, and what they say about a book.

Here are some trends in cover design I've seen popping up for a while now, and while I've only included four examples of each... There's a lot more where these came from.

Floating Girls:

They're even floating in the same way, cuz apparently if you're going to float, you've got to do it with your chest puffed out...

Girls in Pretty Dresses:

Yes, this trend has been around for a while, and I don't see it going away anytime soon. It practically screams romance, you know, cuz nothing says romance like prom.

Holding Hands With Some Kind of Line:

This is a pretty new one to me, but I keep seeing it. It's especially common on football fields and roads.

And probably the most disturbing...

Girl's Drowning:

I'm surprised this one is so popular, especially since it's usually used for contemporary novels that have nothing to do with mermaids. (For some reason, I see water and expect mermaids ... I don't know what that says about me ...)

Using these trends can help readers know what to expect from a book, or if they're overdone, they can turn a reader off. It's important to use them correctly, because people *will* judge a book based on the cover. Whether you're traditionally pubbed or going Indie, your cover really sets the expectation.

I can't help but notice these trends in cover designs. It's like a sickness. I like to compare covers and look at designers to see what I'd hopefully get on my cover one day. Ah, one can dream :) Are there any trends I missed? Am I the only who notices these trends in cover design?