Cover design is an exciting and sometimes scary part of publishing a book. We all know the old advice to not "judge a book by its cover" is more suitable as a metaphor for non-book things in life, and we know that people form their first impression of a book visually by its cover. Hey, no pressure, right? Heck yeah, there's a lot of pressure! You really need to get your book cover right! It can make a huge difference in the attention a book gets, which directly influences the number of copies you sell, the extent word-of-mouth will help build your audience, and more. Apart from those worries, cover design is a fun phase of preparing a book for publishing. Assuming you haven't landed a movie deal and the movie comes out before the book is even published, the cover is the first visual representation of the story. What was once just words in your head is now visible to others. It's exciting! But your excitement can be a bit of a problem for your cover designer; if you're (unwisely!) designing your own cover, the headaches you cause will be your own. This blog post will explain how to avoid driving your cover designer crazy when it comes to finalizing the cover for your print edition.