Editorial Book Design Resources

By Gigi Lau RGD, Art Director, Harlequin Books 


Inspirational resources for editorial design with a few refreshers on book format and editing lingo.

Book Award Sites for Cover Eye Candy 


Instagram Accounts

@blackbookdesigners features great cover designs by Black book cover designers.
@shedesignsbooks features great cover designs by female designers.
@harpercollinsdesignstudio is the account for the in-house design studio of Harper Collins, Australia. They show some fun behind the scenes content on the making of their books.
An extra one, a plug for our own team account:
@harlequin.art.dept is the account for our in-house design team of Harlequin Publishing. Features the range of cover designs we do and we try to share some behind the scenes content every week in the stories!


Always good to have a refresher on copyediting marks : 
Refresher on Copyediting Terms. A widow vs an orphan, an em dash vs an en dash.
Book Layout terms can help you with the crossword puzzle

Websites for further Rabbit Hole Perusal

An online magazine covering the creative and production aspects of the book publishing industry. Features articles and podcasts interviewing the top talents in publishing and monthly roundups of best recent creative covers.
The movie poster is designed to catch your eye and engage your interest, as much as book covers do from a distance, be it a book shelf or plastered on billboards. Both are now challenged to keep your interest in digital thumbnail size in the world of streaming services (Netfix scrolling) and buying books online (scrolling through Amazon/Indigo on your phone). See what's happening in the movie/tv world for inspiration.
Great to see what new ads are out there globally. You can peruse and search by country/industry/medium
Gigi is an art director at the world’s leading publisher for women’s fiction, Harlequin Books. Since 2006, Gigi has created compelling book covers for bestselling, emerging and debut authors. The books that she designed and art directed have hit The New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards.



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