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A quick question to all authors

Hi, writers and authors! We hope you’re having a fantastic summer! Due to the growing popularity of The Book Cover Designer, we’ve decided to send a quick shoutout to all of you.

We want to make The Book Cover Designer as much user-friendly and satisfactory as possible. That’s why we’re open to suggestions on how we can make the site better. Do you want to see something specific? Is it lacking something in particular? What changes do you want in order for us to improve your overall experience here, on TBCD?

Regardless of your preferred genre, we invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us. You can either comment here or just drop us a note in the Contact tab on the website.

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33 thoughts on “A quick question to all authors

  1. Some admins should be hired to make sure the books are being classified properly. Although some covers can be under 2 or more genres. Most cannot. And the wrong classification can really throw an author off if they don’t know any better.

    1. Hi, Patricia! Thanks for your suggestion. We have already limited designers to submit each cover in only up to 4 from all available categories. You can also narrow down the search via the searchbar for tag words.

  2. Because there are thousands of designs, perhaps a tag word or two can help the search. Such as cars, boats, weapons, landscape, face (I don’t want faces in my covers, for example). This as well as the general genre categories.

    1. Hi! We already have a search bar specified for tag words. It’s located on the right side of the catalog with covers and you can use it for tags related to what you’re looking for.

  3. Hi Yvonne, I would like to suggest that a potential customer is following or looking at one of our cover covers in their favorites, that would help us understand even if style and gender have a potential for sales. Also in the genre category is missing: business, Comics‎, Satire, Drama‎, Self help, Guide, Health‎, Biographies, Religion, Spirituality & New Age‎
    thank you.
    Best regards.

    1. Hey, Giusy! I’m not sure I understand what you mean in your first sentence. Could you please elucidate?
      As for the categories – Drama, Comics and Satire can be part of any basic genre (Non-Fiction, SciFi, Romance, etc). Self-help, health, biographies and guides aren’t in our target audience’s list and they aren’t sought after, but they could easily fit into the main Non-Fiction genre.

      1. I’m sorry Yvonne, I’ll explain it better: It would be useful and interesting to know if a potential customer is following or has included one of my drawings in his favorites. It’s not important to know who the customer is, but if I see someone looking at my design, this helps me to understand if the genre of the book and the style have a sales potential. I hope to explain it better.
        Thank you.

        1. Oh, yes, that’s an interesting idea. I’ll run it with Charlie (the admin). Thanks.

  4. I agree with Guisy, it would be nice to know (speaking as a designer) if customers add our cover to a favorites folder. I would also find it helpful if there was a way to know what covers are selling best. For example on another premade cover site I used to be part of, each week they would post to their facebook what covers were sold that week. This helps designers determine what people are looking for in covers.

    1. Thanks, Jessica. The most sought-after main genres all year round are YA/ Action & Adventure/ Fantasy/ Romance.

  5. I would love if there was a way to filter out certain designers. They aren’t bad, just their vision would likely never match with my books. (I love the site though, I just bought a book cover last week!) Following certain designers would be nice as well. There is one artist in particular that I absolutely love and will likely go to every time and I like seeing their new work.

    1. Thanks for the idea. The option of following a particular designer could most definitely be useful.

  6. Instead of featuring artists it would be much better if you could use that space to list specific subgenres of literary genres. Also, it would also be nice if you made a search of what is mainly on each cover like: couple, man, woman, boy, girl and then you could search your subgenre once you have the type of protagonists you want on your cover.

    1. Hey, Joey! Thanks for the suggestion. You actually can search for such tag words with the search bar that is located on the right side of the catalog with covers. It will show you results of the tag words you’ve entered.

  7. I reminded myself to also propose a mobile app

    1. Sounds interesting. Btw, there is a mobile version of the website.

  8. Hey there!
    As a designer, I would like to see which of the covers are favorites among the authors, like few other people on here suggested. One other way to have an insight in that would be a stats page for all the covers, just to see which ones were opened and checked out the most. I’m hoping you guys can do something along these lines, it would be great!

    1. Thanks, Milica.

  9. I find the new products phase a bit worrying, I’ve got a cover pending for almost a year now. And I’m sure it’s a pretty good one. Why not skip that process and let people just post covers. If there’s a problem, the designers themselves have to deal with them.

    1. Hey, Arie! The non-automatic approval is not something new. Covers have always had to be reviewed and approved manually. We can’t allow people to freely upload basically anything they want, because there are tons of designers who do shady stuff like trying to sell somebody else’s artwork (art theft) or trying to sell a Photoshopped image of some actress or other famous public figure, and so forth. These are just two examples of the various things that can go wrong. People hold us responsible for every designer’s wrongdoing and as such, we can’t allow the vendors the freedom you’re proposing.

  10. It would be useful to have a folder of cover artists whose work has been purchased, so that one could contact them easily enough if for example, the same cover is required again for a different purpose. Print versus ebook version, for example.

  11. Hello! I’m wondering if there could be a search bar for finding designers. I know there’s a list of them on the side, but I can’t always find the one I’m looking for.

  12. It’d be nice if tags were consolidated. For instance, I want to look for one with a girl with blond hair. I have to search blond, blond hair, blonde, and blonde hair to get most of the results – some of which aren’t even blond in the first place.

  13. I agree with the posters who’d like to filter through the options. Because often, even with the use of the search bar to search tags, there are search results one would like to filter out. It would make things much easier and quicker to find. Also, consolidating tag words would be helpful, as Megan stated above.

  14. I agree with Megan and Anita. Though Yvonne is correct for mentioning that there is a tagging function, it’s not managed or categorized in an useful way. It can be as simple as guiding designers to tag better (and not tag for everything to appear in as many searches as possible), — eg. tagging by visual motifs, atmospheric description, colour (vs. literary genres or generic tags like ‘premade covers’ that are some tags). Even though there is tagging, I still can’t find designs that I want in a sea of monsters with horns, dystopian novels, etc.

    Also, I’m surprised that other genres like self-help, guides, and health do not have so much demand. I know that they are some of the books that sell best on Kindle or Chapters shelves. I wonder if they are just not selling on this site because this site is known for romance/fantasy fiction etc, and the authors don’t consider premade covers as an option. (Chicken-egg paradox? Self-fulfilling prophecy? TBCD doesn’t sell, so no demand; no demand, so TBCD doesn’t sell… on and on.)

  15. More book cover with African-American models. I really think this is such a great site and would love to tell all of my author friends about it but i know if i do, there wont be many African-American book covers to go around. There is a severe lack of black book covers to choose from, especially for erotica. Good thing i write more than one genre of books.

    1. You did well to inform us

    2. I would love to do those, but the issue for me is finding the models. If you know of any sources for commercial use AA models, please share! 🙂

  16. HI,
    I haven’t purchased yet because there is so much to chose from. I suppose that Artist renderings are more expensive than Photo manipulation, but I like the artist
    renderings much better.
    I would also like to see more historical westerns, and highland lords and ladies.

    thank you

  17. Hi,
    I have seen that there are designers on the site who sell cover at $ 5 $ 7 $ 19 $. I understand that everyone sells their covers at the price they want, but if we realize that these $ 5 must skip the cost of the photo, the Book Cover Designer commission, paypal commission, currency exchange … how they do to live?

  18. I find it frustrating that when I’ve liked a design and want to search again for it, or invite a colleague to look at it, that a search by it’s name produces no results!

    And sometimes I add to the wishlist – and then find it empty…

    1. Hi, Bridget! The search bar is only for tag words, not for the titles/ names of the submitted book covers. As for covers disappearing from your Wishlist or linked content – it’s because the disappeared cover has been sold and its designer has also removed it from their inventory, so instead of just showing up as Out of Stock, it’s not showing up at all.

  19. I would like to see more gothic Christmas themes or Christmas themes with fighting swordsperson for the sake of Christmas.

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