Having Some Fun with Book Covers

July 30th, 2009 • Kate

pinpointThere’s been lots of serious talk about book covers recently, so let’s have a little fun today, shall we? I’m totally stealing my idea for this post from the Alien Onions, who blogged:


1 – Go to Fake Name Generator. The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to Random Word Generator. The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to FlickrCC. Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar (I use Snagit Editor) to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in, as desired.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

Mine’s above. What’s yours? Link to it in the comments. And just to make it interesting, Intern Jenny will pick her favorite cover to win a copy of Alyson Noel‘s #1 New York Times bestseller Blue Moon.

Let your inner artist shine forth!

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28 Responses to “Having Some Fun with Book Covers”

  1. HWPetty Says:

    I did this a couple of days ago, and actually like how it turned out, which never happens for me in these things:


  2. SM Blooding Says:

    This was just fun! Here's mine…


  3. Sam Says:

    This is really simple, but I had fun doing it.

    This is the actual page:


  4. wiserwoman Says:

    Well, I spent time on this I should have been spending on my novel, but it was fun. Here's my link. If the first one doesn't work, try the second.



  5. H. L. Dyer Says:

    I don't write YA, but I did have fun doing this little under cover project.

    And playing along was the least I could do after yesterday's Querytracker Blog post. =)

    "Fold" a fake book cover for KT Literary Blog

  6. Kate Says:

    As it happens, H.L. I worked on a production of "Hair" in college! Love your blog post!

  7. Sara Says:

    I love it! Here's my result:


  8. Sally Hanan Says:

    That was a lot of fun. 🙂

    Mine is here: http://sallyhanan.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/book-c

  9. talshannon Says:

    Very fun!


  10. MarcyKate Says:

    This was fun, thanks for sharing! Does Batman count as a person? If so, my fake YA cover is here: http://marcykate.com/?p=749

  11. H. L. Dyer Says:

    Really? That's beyond awesome!

    BTW, sorry you're in black-and-white, but I only used official blog/profile pics (it seemed a smidge less stalkerish that way. *snort* )

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  13. Alicia Walker Says:

    That was fun and so easy. Everything just fell into place. Thanks for such a creative contest!

    Fake YA book cover *Fidget* can be seen here:

    Why is my URL so long? Sheesh!

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  16. disorderly Says:

    Wow! What interesting covers. Mine is here: http://westofbabylon.blogspot.com/2009/07/fake-bo….

    My muse is having all sorts of fun with the image I was lucky enough to get. She loves the verb, too. Hm.

  17. Michelle Says:

    This was too fun. My result was…um…I don't know how well it would sell. Actually, if it was a YA, that would be rather frightening. 🙂

    Here it is:


  18. CKHB Says:

    Mine is seriously disturbing.


  19. CKHB Says:

    Oh, I should mention that there was "nothing found" for my verb on FlickCC, so I went to Google images instead.

  20. Joe Iriarte Says:

    I would totally read some of these!

    Here's mine: http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3046988

  21. Lucinda Says:

    This was fun, and since I'm studying graphic design and thinking about book covers as something I'd like to do when I've finished my degree it was good to get some practice.


  22. Kristin Says:


    Here's my rockin' cover:


  23. Kris Says:

    I had fun doing this. I saw the word, found the picture, and nearly groaned I was so unenthused. And then… magic! Photoshop is my hero.


  24. Sherrie Petersen Says:

    Okay, I usually lurk over here but I had to join in the fun. Here's the link:

  25. Vero Says:

    This is too funny!

    I think it looks like I may be writing a post-apocalypse type of story!


  26. Kate Says:

    Thanks for all these great covers! Keep 'em coming! Intern Jenny will pick her favorite to win a copy of BLUE MOON on Thursday, so you have until Wednesday night to leave a comment here with your entry.

  27. Jenny Says:

    You guys are making this so hard for me…they're all great!!

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