Make your writing richer and fuller with more body by using conditioner, ha ha ha. Just kidding. What I mean is use all the senses in your writing to swathe the reader with sights, sounds, smells, touch, and taste. Draw them in to completely experience the scene.
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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Release Date: May 16, 2014
A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.
Release Date: June 12. 2014
Remember waking up late in the night after a nightmare? Your mother holding you tight and whispering everything would be all right? She lied.
Evil clowns haunted Megan’s dreams for years. Even though nobody ever said she was crazy, she knew they were all thinking it. With her life falling apart, she turns suicidal until a new therapist suggests the impossible: dreams are real. Nightmares are living, breathing predators, feeding off dreamer’s fears by exacting essence.
Most, of course, forget theirs as soon as they wake up. Megan is not so lucky. She is also not so powerless.
But is even a power nurtured in her dreams enough to fight off the horrors lurking just beyond the veil of sleep?
On a lifelong search for fantastic worlds hiding just out of sight, James Wymore writes to explore. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he continues to push the boundaries of imagination. Journey with him at http://jameswymore.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/James-Wymore/e/B00BI1FZI2/