Your self help book won’t help people from the shelf…

As a self help author, you already know that.

To help readers, you need them to buy your book.

And for that to happen, you need the right cover design to catch their attention.

We’ve designed over 50 self help book covers since 2017. Let’s design yours, too!

* According to this source, 81.6% of readers gain interest in a book due to the cover, and 79.0% make a buying decision based solely on the visual appearance of the cover.

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50+ self help book covers

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Easy 5 step Process

See how we design the perfect cover for your book together – in 5 easy steps.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

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Choose between full book cover design and e-book only.


Everything you need for a full book cover
$ 199 One time fee
  • Custom Design
  • Design of front cover, back cover and spine
  • Hardback, paperback, audio book cover and e-book versions
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 14 days delivery


Everything you need for an e-book
$ 99 One time fee
  • Custom Design
  • Design of front cover only
  • E-book version only
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 7 days delivery

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Self Help Book cover design?

A good self help book cover should have expressive and relatable images along with a color palette that can brighten and uplift the mood. Self help book covers are usually made in minimalist yet creative styles. Overall keeping your design clean is better for the self help genre.

Should I put my own photo in front of my self help book cover?

It depends on the contents inside the book. If it heavily relies on your personal story or brand then it's a good idea to use your own photo on the front cover. Otherwise the image should be related to the main subject of the book so it is more relatable for readers.

Which element should get the most focus in a self-help book cover design?

Self-help book cover should feature the title most prominently as it will be a connection point for your readers instead of an image (as in the case of fiction books). The second most important thing will be your subtitle. It is advised to keep the overall design clean or minimal.

How to start writing a self-help book?

Writing a self-help book can be a rewarding experience! Here's a basic roadmap to get you started:


  • Find your niche: What area of self-improvement are you passionate and knowledgeable about? This could be anything from personal finance to relationships to stress management.
  • Research the market: Look at best new self-help books and see what topics are trending. What gaps do you see that your book could fill?
  • Develop your core message: What key takeaway do you want readers to gain from your book?
  • Outline your content: Break down your book into chapters and sections, ensuring a clear structure for your readers.
  • Start writing! Focus on creating clear, actionable advice that your target audience can implement in their lives.


Once you have a draft, consider professional help with editing and design. Here at Book Cover Hub, we can create a self-help book cover that is both visually appealing and accurately reflects your book's message.

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Schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation to ask any questions you might have, and tell us about your visions for your book cover.

Founder and Lead designer of Book Cover Hub. Syed Abdullah Bukhari

Abdullah Bukhari

Founder and lead designer

With more than 6,000 book covers designed over the past 6 years, I have extensive experience working with authors to craft their perfect cover design.

Maybe you know exactly what you want on your cover. Maybe you only have a few vague ideas. In either case, we work together in order to create a visual concept that makes your book stand out from other titles.

Schedule your free consultation now - I'm looking forward to hearing about your book!

What is a Self Help Book Cover Design?

Self help book cover design is the art and science of creating a visual representation of a self help book, using images, text, and other elements to convey the genre, tone, and content of the book.

Self help covers are meant to attract and inspire potential readers, and to give them a glimpse of the valuable and practical advice that awaits them inside the pages.

Self help cover design is a challenging and rewarding task, as it requires a lot of creativity, skill, and knowledge. Self help books can vary widely in their topics, themes, and styles, and each one needs a cover that reflects its unique identity and appeal.

Self help covers also need to follow the conventions and expectations of the genre and the market, while also standing out from the crowd and showcasing the author’s vision and style.

Self help book covers are characterized by their motivational image style and incorporation of self help elements. We often see elements that help create a visual impact.

They contain people, objects, quotes, and symbols. Filters and effects also play an essential role in creating a sense of mood and atmosphere.

Another common sight in self help book cover design is thematic objects. You can use different objects from your book or your theme to give added meaning to your cover.

The play between size and position is often featured and, if done correctly, this can certainly make a self help book cover go from good to great!

Common design elements of a self help book cover

Self help books are not just stories of advice and tips. They are stories of challenges, solutions, and successes.

Self help book covers can be easily identified by their specific elements. Generally, they have motivational images, positive colors, and clear titles.

The goal is to inspire the reader and convey the value of the book.

Self help book cover designers have worked hard to experiment with different concepts, symbols, and fonts. They are always looking for unique ways to present the book on the book covers.

Let’s understand the genre practices of self help book covers by analyzing each part.

Here is what we will discuss:

  1. Typography
  2. Colors
  3. Graphics
  • Typography

We have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to the typography for a self help book cover.

We can opt for fonts that match the topic and the tone of the book. E.g., a modern font for a productivity or lifestyle book, or a classic font for a spirituality or philosophy book.

Conventionally, the titles of self help book covers are clear and powerful. Sans serif and slab serif fonts are often preferred over other font types.

The tricky part is choosing a font that matches the image and the audience.

For instance, if you are designing the cover of a book about a serious or professional topic, and you use a decorative or ornate font like Script or Blackletter, it simply won’t match the image or the audience.

If you’re unsure about what works best, a great approach is to research the best self help book covers in your sub-genre and take inspiration from their design styles and font choices.

No matter the font chosen, your title should clearly stand out from the rest of the design. In order to make the title stand out, you can use contrasting colors, negative space, and/or overlays. A solid or gradient background behind the title can enhance its readability.

The primary purpose of the subtitle is to give you more information about the book. By choosing a simpler font, you can increase its legibility. For the author’s name, best practice is using the same font as the title or the subtitle: Choosing a third font is usually not a good idea.

You can add a solid or gradient background behind your subtitle to improve readability. You typically want to choose a smaller size and a simpler font for the subtitle, while making sure it’s easy to read.

  • Colors

Choosing colors for your self help book cover design will always depend on your image and your style.

Consider the genre, the topic, the mood, and the audience before deciding your color palette.

If the book is about a positive or inspiring topic, you should opt for a bright color palette. However, if the book is about a negative or challenging topic, dark colors are the way to go – you get the idea.

The trick is not as much choosing the right color, but rather the right color mood.

A single color on its own doesn’t have much appeal. However, when colors are combined, they have a huge impact:

Warm and cool colors are suitable to represent contrast, tension, or excitement.

Analogous and monochromatic colors help to convey harmony, calmness, or simplicity.

When designing a self help book cover, it is essential to balance two things: inspiring the reader and conveying the mood.

Saturated and vivid colors can add a sense of impact and emotion, while desaturated and dull colors often add a touch of subtlety and sophistication to the design.

  • Images

Understanding how to use the correct image style is the most crucial part of any self help book cover design.

If your book is about a specific goal or strategy, choose images with high-quality and motivational details; for a more general or abstract book, look more towards images with symbolic details.

Your book also plays a crucial part in selecting the right image style: Always make sure your chosen image is relevant, appealing, and meaningful.

Self help book covers have various design styles, but the most common feature is their motivational and positive appearance compared to fiction and other genres. A good self help book cover should highlight the image and the value of the book.

When selecting images, take your audience into consideration. For instance, the US market for self help book covers conventionally rewards having a close-up shot of the main character or the object on the front of the book, while readers in the UK tend to prefer wider shots with more background and context on their book covers in the self help genre.

What do you get in an self help book cover design package?

Self help book covers can never be designed by a one-size-fits-all approach as every book is unique and has many variables.

You should always try to bring your fresh perspective and ideas to your design to make your book stand out – while following the conventions set by the self help genre, since following those will make self help book lovers instantly recognize your book as relevant to them.

By combining the right fonts, correct colors, image style, and the feedback from your readers, you can have a timeless self help book cover design ready to be appreciated by future generations!
Here at book cover hub we start from initial ideas (concept development) to a final product that perfectly captures your book’s essence. Through exploration of color, form, and typography, the designer will craft a cover that evokes the mood and emotion of your story. With unlimited free revisions and 100% Money-Back guarantee all files are delivered in high-quality ready for printing. Checkout our packages section for more details.

Why Choose Book Cover Hub?

You should work with BCH simply because it’s a smart choice! With our vast experience of over 6,000 book covers, skills, solid team, and stellar portfolio, you get to enjoy quick delivery, unlimited free revisions and a solid customer support.