Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book covers

Are book covers important, and if so how important? This thought came to me when I was sent a draft of the proposed cover for my new book.  Immediately I liked this cover, it was perfect. The novel is called "Under a Grecian Moon" (out in August 2013) and the cover echoed the title perfectly.

When I am looking for a book to read I confess I am drawn to the writer. The cover is way down my list but if we want to attract a new reader then I would think the cover is very important. It will tempt the prospective reader to pick up the book, I would surmise first they will read the blurb and then the first page.

I don't generally like my characters on the cover. I have a specific idea in my head how that character looks and feel an artist's view would not echo with mine. However, Jinger Easton who designed my cover for "Eden's Child" caught my heroine Maddy perfectly. I was over the moon with that cover. What do you think? I had similar feelings about Kerensa on the cover of A Fatal Flaw. However, there are no pictures of the men in my books. Oh no, I definitely would not like to see my heroes on a cover. They live in my head.

Another Artist David Young does beautiful covers, for my books he has always covered two scenes from the novel. Very clever! (See A Poisoned Legacy).

What do you think? How do you like your covers? Do you like uncovered men? Do you prefer a scene or a character. Come on, give me an opinion - I really want to know.


Anonymous said...

I like all of your covers, but my favorite covers are usually scenes from a novel. I like it when I get to a scene while reading and I recognize the cover!

margaret blake said...

Now you have put in a nutshell what I was trying to say! Hope you are continuing with YOUR novel. xoxoxoxox

HappyNeverAfter said...

I think covers are important, depending on the genre of book it is but I don't usually hold them at the top of my list either because people have different imaginations and someones idea of a great cover for a love story may not necessarily be mine, so I generally like to read the synopsis at the back and if I like it, I read it and create my own perfect idea! and I totally agree with you about the faces thing on the cover, I would not recommend it because I find that the books that I tend to become invested in and just can't stop thinking about, are the ones that allow me to use my own imagination using the already awesome story that the author has created. :)

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