Well, besides the obvious answer of ‘duh, a book, silly’?
I’ve been looking a lot at book covers lately … on publishing websites … on authors’ blogs … and each time my eyes have landed on a cover that made me want to check out the content, I’ve paused.
To try and determine what it is about the cover that caught my eye, what appealed to me, what beckoned and enticed me to slip inside.
Primarily, I focused on the sites for romance—mostly because that’s the genre my first novel is (sub-genre: paranormal)—and found myself surprised how many of them seem to rely on half-naked beings to lure you inside. I’m not complaining. Not in the slightest. I’ve no aversion to a little flesh. However, as it is worlds away from the cover art I’d inserted into my head for my novel, it gave me enough pork to chew over … or however the saying goes.
This is mostly because the book that most appealed to me had a man and a woman in lustful pose, but the fantastic artwork really brought them to life.
Here’s a couple of links to artwork I wouldn’t scoff at if offered to me for my novels:
The cover of Lynsay Sands “Hungry For You” just begs to be opened. I love the colours, the font, the imagery … okay, pretty much everything about this cover.
“Demon Dreamer” by Vivi Anna is another example of attractive colours and half-decent photograph imaging that draws the eye.
Alexandra Ivy’s “Devoured By Darkness”—basically, I’d quite happily devour that dude on the front cover.
Notice a pattern? Hmmm, like the ones that have attracted me like shiny stuff to a magpie all have flesh on offer? Is this the reason I like the look of them. I dunno.
But, as I’m reaching a point where producing a book cover could become a choice I have to make, this is all part of the package I need to be looking at.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. That saying is utter RUBBISH! If the cover doesn’t grab the reader, then that’s as far as you’ll get them. The cover for your book is of the UTMOST importance. In my opinion anyway.
What’s your thoughts on book covers, their appeal, their importance? What kind of covers catch your eye? Did the samples I shared do anything to entice you? Or is it simply down to personal preference and the truth that ‘You’ll never catch ‘em all’?