Skinny Dipping is a fun book with tasteful sex appeal. It is a book a woman might like to buy to take to the beach and relax—nothing too serious but pure escapism. Alicia’s kind requirement was for an exciting book cover to help make her romantic comedy book become a bestseller.
To make Skinny Dipping look chick lit, my style approach was illustrative rather than photographic. My goal was to subtly reflect the most important features of Skinny Dipping: sexy, romantic and fun. Since the book needed to look good in thumbnail view for E-publishing, I had to think about how to use the cover’s real estate the best way possible.
My compromise was to make the cover look special and spicy at the same time. The element of surprise was the illustration of a beautiful sexy young woman placed inside a heart shaped life ring. That’s how I managed to get the best out of the three main features: sexy (the young woman,) romantic (the heart shaped life ring) and fun (the position of the woman inside the life ring.) To finish the cover, I made the title highly visible and added subtle ornaments around the title to make it look more feminine. I usually like to give a lot of importance to the back design of a book, so Skinny Dipping got a creative touch for the back cover too.
I consider designing covers for chick lit books a bit harder than other genres. That’s because a designer can easily fall into bad habits that make a chick lit book cover look cluttered, girly and kitschy. Nonetheless, I love chick lit book cover design because I consider it to be a creative challenge. I absolutely love the final design for Skinny Dipping and I am really happy Alicia loved it too!