Jason Gurley

By day, I'm a user experience designer; by evenings/weekends, I write novels from my home in Scappoose, Ore. My newest is Awake in the World, due February 2019 from Roaring Brook Press; my most recent, Eleanor, was published by Crown in 2016 and has since been translated into German, Portuguese, and Turkish.

DIY book cover design—Part 8: Choosing and setting your type

In today's post we're going to take the completed cover artwork and start transforming it into a real book cover. That means we're going to be talking about how to choose a font and how to set the type for your book's three panels, the front and back cover and its spine. 

Like the previous post or two, this will be mostly a video walkthrough, so buckle up and let's get moving!

Once you've finished setting the type for your cover, only two real steps remain: creating additional versions of your cover for the remaining formats you'll be publishing the book in (e.g. e-book, audio book), and preparing your cover files for publication and upload to various platforms.

That's what you can expect from the ninth and final entry in this series, coming soon. Thanks as usual for reading!

Click here to see all entries in my DIY book cover design series.

DIY book cover design—Part 9: Preparing and exporting your file

DIY book cover design—Part 7: Enhancing the scene