Today, I want to talk about fonts. When you look at a book cover, yours or another author's, do you think about the font the artist chose? The cover for my first book, Harvest of Dreams, used the most amazing font. I had never seen anything like it, and many readers commented how much they liked it. That cover remains one of my favorites, and the font is a big part of the reason.
Unless you design your own covers, you may not pay much attention to font choice, but the font can tell the reader as much about the story as the images. It provides additional clues to the genre, tone, and subject matter of the book. For example, when I designed the cover of Jannine Gallant's seventeenth century historical, An Uncertain Destiny, I found a wonderful font to suggest the period and setting.
Take a look at the cover fonts on some of your favorite books. What do they tell you about the story? Do they add to the visual impact in a positive way? Do they make you want to pick up the book? After all, that's the whole point of the cover.
I'm currently working on the cover for Small Town Christmas Tales. You helped me choose a background image; now I'd like some input on the fonts. In these examples, I've tried several different fonts for the title, sub-title, and author's name. Please look at each element individually, as well as the whole composition. What feelings do they spark? Do you like the author's name in all caps, or not?
Here's the first iteration:
The stories are all warm-hearted, and some are a bit whimsical. I want to give readers the right first impression. I'll probably mix the elements from a couple of the options above. I'd love to hear your thoughts.