What is your cover saying about your book?

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 1) by [Arden, Katherine]

One of my favorite books of last year. Look at that cover.And today that is what I wanted to talk about. Cover Art. How much time do you put into your covers?

I’ve been noticing the past few years with the rise of self-published authors especially that the covers all look the same. Different title, same covers. Why would you want your cover to be like someone else’s? Did you not research it?

All the time we hear “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, guess what? We all do it. When I walk into a bookstore content is not grabbing me like a tracking beam to your book. I’m drawn to the one that I can take one look at and say, ” Oh, my I know what this is going to be about and I want it!”  There should always be something on your cover that gives the reader a sneak peek.  Take the above book for example. I saw it and immediately wanted it. In my head I’m hearing Russian, Fables,Winter and Magic oh yes!

So when you look at your book cover what does it say? Is it a statement of what’s to come once you open it? I finished a book last year with a simple cover that didn’t state anything about what it meant or how it related to the content. It was a tremendous book! But If I hadn’t been an early Beta reader and then the ARC copy, the cover would have never made me even pick it up at the store.

One of the reasons I do not read romance books is because the majority of them have the same man with the six-pack abs, glistening. Is there just the one model? But at least I know what is going to be in them. I don’t like it. But I know.

Final thoughts?   Make friends with artists. Put some real thought behind the cover and you may just find your sales will increase!

xx P

40 thoughts on “What is your cover saying about your book?

  1. As you know from my blog, covers are my obsession. They are the first impression that a book makes upon a potential reader. SO IMPORTANT! Hence, my Cover Love series of blog posts.
    I think that publishers should use fewer ‘stock’ photos and that more originality should prevail.

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  2. I love looking at book covers, for what they are trying to portray. What hooks me and why. What puts me off and why. In a nutshell, I want the style of the cover to be an indicator of the style of the book, then i’m happy :>)

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  3. Most of covers r similar tho… even the one in the post. It doesn’t catch my eye for example but it’s stylish & simple. In general- I like. I think the most important – to find a good designer (they r really expensive) or to make drawing (for the cover, something special) by yourself. But again, some don’t have this kinda skill …

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  4. Cover art is a huge peeve of mine. Granted, I feel that way because I am an artist and it bugs me when the art on the cover of a book feels lazy, or amateurish. It is even worse when you cannot differentiate one book from another unless you look really closely at title and author. You are so on when it comes to the self-published books and the similarities there. I cannot imagine going through the grueling process of writing a book, putting your creative self out there, only to then have your book look like 2 or 10 others and get lost in the mess because it isn’t unique.

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  5. Great post! Having a fantastic book cover is such an important part of the publishing process, yet it’s the one detail that I repeatedly see my customers stumbling over. I’m a freelance writer who specializes in writing blurbs for the back covers of books (a blurbologist, ahem), and I’ve worked with so many writers who let their artistic vision get in the way of their book’s marketability. A book cover must look great, but it also must be genre-specific, and in some way resemble the best-selling books in its category. “Original” is not necessarily the “sellable.” If something’s unique, customers may not know if this story is meant for them. Anyway, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  6. As a reader, not a writer, this is so true! I will only read the synopsis if the cover draws me in unless I recognize the title from a recommendation. That said the cover will not guarantee I take it home if upon closer inspection it doesn’t sound like a book I would enjoy. Maybe we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but it sure does drive us to action.

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  7. So true! Having a Kobo makes buying romances easier, but before e-books I could never bring myself to buy a physical copies unless the cover was something simple. Buying books with beautiful covers and displaying them on my shelf is so satisfying 🙂

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  8. I totally judge a book by its cover! Sorry, that’s the truth. Books are delicious and I want them to be a feast for my eyes as well. I will pick up a classic or a book that had a lot of buzz even if I am not attracted to the cover art right away but if I am browsing through the library or a book store or online, I will always stop and inquire more about a book only if I am drawn to the cover.

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  9. “One of the reasons I do not read romance books is because the majority of them have the same man with the six-pack abs.” Preach. I don’t like how they all look the same in my eyes. I’d rather something different and unique on the cover.

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  10. Well, it’s true that many book covers look the same nowadays, mostly fantasy books. It happens a lot with self-published books too because authors use apps with the same templates. Good post, though 🙂

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