Cover Art Design Trends For Mystery/Thriller Novels | Self-Publishing Relief

by | Mar 14, 2018 | Book Cover Design | 0 comments

When you’re ready to self-publish your mystery or thriller, it’s important to choose your cover art wisely. Your book cover is your ultimate point-of-purchase sales pitch for your book, so you want to be sure it appeals to and entices your potential readers! Typical mystery/thriller genre covers often feature blood splatter, magnifying glasses, dense fog, and gothic lettering. But the cover designers at Self-Publishing Relief know that there has been a quiet revolution in cover designs for mystery and thriller books.

For example, many book covers subscribe to the teal-and-orange or the tungsten color palettes. These color schemes are used in most major blockbuster films and posters and has spilled over into the world of book cover design.

Here’s a look at the current mystery/thriller trends in cover art design.

Cover Art Design Ideas For Self-Published Mysteries And Thrillers

 

Modernistic Artwork

A modernistic design is one of the best ways to catch eyes and make an impression on potential readers. Take the cover art for a recent edition of John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a New York Times Bestseller. It features a bold, sans serif font for the title, and simple but effective artwork—and a fantastic contrast of deep reds combined with the light to medium to dark greens of the people passing by. Creating a stark contrast between the dark man with the bright white eyeglasses to the red man moving through the crowd is a great way to create visual intrigue and interest.

 

 

Sans Serif Fonts

Now this may seem like an obvious one, but it’s something you’ll see exhibited on most mystery/thriller books today. Sans serif fonts like Futura, Helvetica, and Gill Sans are three of the most popular typefaces used on contemporary mysteries and thrillers. These fonts convey boldness, drama, and importance. As with color, fonts are a great way to create favorable contrast that intrigues your potential buyer and boosts sales.

 

Minimalist Imagery

As in many great stories in these genres, implying or withholding information builds suspense. You can achieve this effect by using an outline or portrait of a character, scene, or notable item from your book. Simple, bold covers can effectively grab attention and stand out from the other books on a shelf.

 

Beautiful Details

While some thrillers and mysteries use the “less is more” approach, others offer rich imagery to create the world the reader is about to enter. Highly detailed covers can be eye-catching and memorable. Many of these covers use glossy, embossed text and imagery to convey a sense of unsettling wonder.

 

Atmospheric, Cinematic Art

A great way to drop potential readers into the world of your story before they read a single word is with an atmospheric cover design featuring monochromatic, dark, muted colors. Eerie landscapes, obscured images, and stark contrast is another way thriller and mystery books attract potential readers. The more your cover looks like a scene from a film, the more likely your book will be bought by your target fan base.

 

Question: What are some of your favorite mystery/thriller/horror covers?

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Find An Article

Recent Articles




Reviews

 

Thank you so much for all the amazing help you provided! I’m already thinking about my next project and you better believe I plan to use Self-Publishing Relief!

—Bianca Chambers Carter, Writer

Read Bianca’s review!

 

 

Using Self-Publishing Relief is the only way I would ever consider publishing my work… the process was seamless: They answered all of my questions and always kept me apprised of the next steps.

—John McCord, Writer

Read John’s review!

 

The team at Writer’s Relief and Self-Publishing Relief was supportive and helpful in creating my chapbook — from sending multiple cover design options to patience and thoroughness during review rounds. They made the publishing process easy and enjoyable!

Laurin Becker Macios, Poet

Read Laurin’s review!

 

 

I have found my people with Jill, Carol, Dave, Joey, Ronnie, and all the fellow “bookies” at Self-Publishing Relief. Their level of expertise is seasoned and savvy for navigating through the indie publishing landscape, as we established the imprint Occupy the Word Publishing. What is more, the team’s enthusiastic tenacity to solve difficult issues and create new opportunities in developing serious readership for my novels makes it a powerful pleasure to work with them. 

King Grossman, Novelist

Read King’s review!

Thinking about self-publishing?
Receive your FREE copy of our helpful guide...

 


Act now! Enter your name and email on the right to receive..
  • Design tips to boost your book's marketability
  • Insider secrets for writing the best back cover book blurb
  • The importance of a flattering headshot


YES!
Send Me My FREE Guide!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Close

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares