Creating a book cover requires choosing the right image to represent your story. My appreciation for book covers grew after I started writing and sky rocketed once I had to think about my own. But truth be told, I’ve always been drawn to book covers. I like studying the image on the cover and identifying my visceral reaction. Is the image captivating? What does it convey? Why did they choose this specific scene or character for their first impression?
I’ve signed up with a couple of book tour blogs so I can participate in cover reveals and promoting new releases. I do this to help get the word out about upcoming books, but also so I can get a peek at the cover.
When I began the process of designing my cover, I was torn between symbolism and scenes, characters and concepts. Both work really well but it depends on the book and the graphic artist.
Here’s a recap of the covers I have helped reveal (including my cover), covers of books that I’ve hosted during their release, and ones I used in blog posts over the past few months. (For more information about each book, click on the cover.)
Do you prefer concept over character? What stands out most when you look at a books’ cover?