So, deep breath. My cover is finished.
Last December, I wrote a blog post about covers, (you can read it here). I had just signed with Curiosity Quills, and at that point, I was trying to decide whether I wanted a symbol on the cover or a scene with a person. I looked at covers for way too many hours and found great examples of each. ( I even highlighted some great covers from books published by Curiosity Quills on my blog that day.)
I thought I knew what I wanted.
But when the time arrived to work with a graphic artist, I realized that what I wanted, or what I thought I wanted, didn’t translate the way I’d hoped. (And it wasn’t for lack of trying on Alexandria Thompson’s part.) So, we stepped back from the original idea and ended up with a cover that captures the tone of the story very well. Alexandria was great to work with during the entire process. (Click here to visit her GothicFate site and see her amazing creations.)
Why does all this matter? According to a poll from The Book Smugglers, seventy-nine percent of folks said that covers matter in the final decision about buying a book. (Great info about covers from The Book Smugglers. Click here to read about the survey and all the results.)
In case you’re at the point of thinking about book covers in your journey, here are a few take aways.
1. Analyze your story and its meaning. What are the colors, smells, and feelings associated with your story?
2. Have you looked around? Visit the Goodreads listopia section for covers. The compilation is a variable cornucopia (any old Saturday Night Live fans out there?) of options that you can peruse.
3. Trust your artist. And trust your gut.
What do you like to see on a cover?
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