Now that my novel Love In The Storm is with an agent I’ve been thinking about book covers. [Although my book is a long way from that stage yet…if it is even accepted].
I confess I first look at a book based on a cover. I have tried not to do this but I am a very visual person and I respond to things emotionally before my intellect kicks in. So a book cover either grabs me, or it doesn’t.
When your book is on a book shelf at a big book store like Chapters Indigo along with a few hundred other books, it’s virtually impossible for a browsing shopper to pick your book based on something other than how the cover grabs them. A person just doesn’t have time to read every back cover blurb.
If you’re browsing through Amazon.com I guess you may browse by subject and then pick from a bunch of books listed but that doesn’t narrow the field enough, [more than 100 pages for “Christian Romance”; everything from Amish to Cowboy to Suspense and more] so again, you’re not going to have time or the inclination to read every blurb so you’re going to stop and take a second glance at a book that appeals visually and emotionally. Or you might avoid a book because of its cover. I don’t usually go for the kind of romance that features a half naked man on the front because it implies there will be explicit sex in the story [unless there is a historical reason for the man to be half naked.]
Reading Steve Laube’s blog post this morning [The Work of A Cover Designer; see link below] led me to check out some videos on You Tube about creating book covers. The first place I looked at was DogEaredDesign [link below]. I was interested to note that this cover design company has created a lot of covers I really like. For me the use of light in the cover really influences me. By that I mean having a light focal point in the picture. Other influences are; softness and/or drama. I don’t want over the top drama but I like to see something happening on a cover, the suggestion of action. Some things just push a certain button, for instance, babies, puppies, children. I love covers that feature an interesting setting in the background.
FYI, all three of these books are Christian
Below are some links to videos of creating covers, and/or photo shoots for covers
Cover photo shoot for
Steve Laube’s blog post The Work of A Cover Designer
How about you. What influences your choice of a book?