It turns out the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” might be wrong–at least when it comes to the publishing world.
Having a lousy book cover is a little like wearing an ill-fitting or mismatched outfit on a first date. It will make you look unappealing and disinterested, even lazy or possibly suffering from low self-esteem. It certainly will not showcase your finer attributes. You probably only have one shot, so you had better make a good impression!
Book covers really do entice readers to buy and the wrong one could send them scurrying off to a prettier option. Poor quality book covers can even make potential readers doubt your skill and credibility as a writer. Ouch!
I have been putting a lot of effort into finding “The One” for my book. For the last week I have been voraciously searching multiple sites for a fitting cover. I have seen some great artwork, but nothing yet that I feel is really a match for my story. I am searching old paintings of the time period now, and finding some material that is truly beautiful, which I hope can be used in some capacity.
Of course, I still have months to get this squared away–I am a little more than halfway through the second draft, which still needs to be sent off to an editor before it can be published. I am hoping to have it all done within the next year.
What do you love or hate about book covers? What would make you want to buy or put the book down?