Now that I’m out of class (labs go to 7:30 in the evening for me ) I can go more in-depth here are some more suggestions I have.
But first, we’ll have to look at some examples of book covers from your genre. I don’t know too much about the story, but from the title and the stuff you’ve said in Struggling Writers’ Daily Den, I’m guessing it’s an adult crime romance? Here are some examples that I’ve pulled from Google:
And I’ll put yours right below (this is just so it’s easier for me to compare them):
Now that we have some examples, we can try to compare your cover with those and see what we can change. Here are some suggestions:
Keep the text away from the edges. The covers above have a little more breathing room at the bottom of the cover, plus there’s generally more space between the text and the edges. I’d shrink the phrase “Betrothed To The” or split it into two lines, and raise the title a bit.
Play with the letter casing. You can go all caps like the first example, all lowercase like the second example, or a mix like the third cover. If you do want to keep your title in title case, then the “t’s” in “To The” should be lowercase—we don’t capitalize words like “to,” “of,” and “the” in the title if it’s not the first word. Whoops, that was more of a grammar thing, sorry I can be a bit of a grammar nazi sometimes
Highlight a word or two in a different color. Currently all the text in your cover is white, and it’s fine in some cases, but I think you can add a little splash of color to really bring it out. All the covers above have some color in the text to make the cover pop a bit. Seeing how there’s a lot of red in your cover already, you might want to try red, or you can try a bright yellow to match the character’s hair (he looks blond in the cover to me).
Shrink the tagline/subtitle. As you can see in the covers above, the taglines tend to be quite small, and this is because they’re not the most important text on the books. What matters is the book’s title and who wrote it.
Play with fonts. I don’t know about you but the script font doesn’t really work, so I’d personally go for a thinner script font if you want like the one in the third cover. If you’re using a photo-editing app like Photopea, Photoshop, or PhotoScape X, you can add fonts to your program. If you’re on Canva, you might want to try the Amsterdam font (specifically Amsterdam Four).
Actually, lemme just pull up a random graphic and try to illustrate it for you to give you ideas you don’t have to follow them, but I hope they’ll help!
So this is a random graphic I pulled up on Canva, so ignore the picture it’s just a random guy’s face so let’s see how we could play around with your text
So in this example, I used the Cormorant Garamond Medium font for the serif text and Eyesome Script for the script font. Both are available for free on Canva
The biggest challenge for me was fitting the long title, long titles are a pain but yeah, here’s what you can do with just two fonts and two colors. Also, a tip: play with the letter spacing too! Especially since your author name is a bit on the shorter side, so you can increase the letter spacing so that you can take up more space horizontally without necessarily making the font itself bigger.
Now for another idea. Same fonts, but applied differently
If you have a photo-editing app that allows you to add your own fonts, here are some fonts I like that may fit your cover! They’re all free btw I’m a broke college student so I can’t afford paid resources for graphics
Cormorant Garamond - Cormorant Garamond - Google Fonts
Gilda Display - Gilda Display - Google Fonts
Bosque - Bosque Font by Musafir LAB · Creative Fabrica
Arnitta Callina - Arnitta Callina Font by Mercurial · Creative Fabrica
Angelia - Angelia Font | dafont.com
Note that Creative Fabrica has a ton of good free fonts you can download, all you need is a free account here’s a link to a bunch of free fonts: Free Fonts for Commercial Use - Download Free Fonts Online - CreativeFabrica
I really hope this helps ^^