In her comment she suggested that I make my name stand out a little more prominantly, the goal being to ensure that it’s still readable when the image is reduced to a thumbnail. This is good advice since as heather pointed out an author’s name is that author’s brand. But it put me in mind of The Belgariad, a series I first read a very very long time ago. It’s been around for many years but it was the series that put David Eddings on the fantasy world stage.
When the books were first released he wasn’t what you might call a big name so the book covers predictably showcased the name of the book, but in subsequent reprintings his name grew and grew until it completely eclipsed the title of the book. Take a look at the images below to see what I mean.
Hence the question I pose in the title of this post. How big is too big?
Should an newbie author dive stright into the layout of the right most image or should they stay more in line with the left most one? Or is the real answer somewhere in between (which I am suspecting is in fact the case). I would love to hear your thoughts on this.