When it comes to developing a design that appropriately captures an author’s message, there’s a varying number of concepts that are required for the final result.

Some design projects take as little as two or three front cover comps whereas others (such as this one) can take in excess of twenty. An important thing to keep in mind when having a book cover brought to fruition is the importance of variety. This holds true for first-time independent authors as well as large scale traditional publishers such as the designs we are about to explore.

Without any further introduction, the various concepts explored ending with the finalized, selected book cover design concept.

Note: You may notice some concepts contain low-res or “watermark” graphics. This is a result of using “sample” thumbnail images on early, unapproved concepts. 

9780736964593_FCJ_01 9780736964593_FCI_01 9780736964593_FCH_01

9780736964593_FCG_02

9780736964593_FCG_01

9780736964593_FCF_03e

9780736964593_FCF_03d

9780736964593_FCF_03c

9780736964593_FCF_03b

9780736964593_FCF_03a

9780736964593_FCF_02b

9780736964593_FCF_02a

9780736964593_FCF_01

9780736964593_FCE_03g

9780736964593_FCE_03e

9780736964593_FCE_03d

9780736964593_FCE_03c

9780736964593_FCE_03b

9780736964593_FCE_03a

9780736964593_FCE_02b

9780736964593_FCE_02a

9780736964593_FCE_01

9780736964593_FCD_01

9780736964593_FCC_01

9780736964593_FCB_01

9780736964593_FCA_01

9780736964593_FCE_03f

Related: ,

Get the Free Brand-Building Mini Course

Discover the essential secrets of how to build a powerful brand with this free video mini-series.

By

Thomas is a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and founder of Rightly Designed. For over a decade, he’s had the privilege of working with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, spanning from traditional publishing houses to numerous independent professionals.