When you think of romance covers you might automatically think of open shirts, passionate embraces and longing stares. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Throughout recent years romance book covers have evolved – leaving the cliche romance novel in the past, making way for contemporary, clean and thoughtful designs.
Any book cover design should start with identifying the unique selling point, themes and genres of the story, once these are clear the cover design can come to life. There are many design considerations that impact the communication of these ideas, not only the image or illustration choice but, the typography, styling, colour and composition too.
To avoid a generic romance cover it is also helpful to consider the subgenre of your story, this could be anything from historical (think Bridgeton) to fantasy (Twilight or Vampire Diaries), maybe something more contemporary (Normal People). These useful distinctions help communicate all the aspects of your story and allow potential readers to easily recognise what’s in store!