KRISTIAN BOWES

Pen-wielder with a license to thrill

Readers Judge Books by Their Covers

My Book Cover is in Progress… What will it be?

Kris

My book cover is in progress, and I’ve been corresponding with my cover designer, Bookfly Design, over the past week.  Last night, Kira said they’re set. Now I feel like a kid the week before Christmas… the anticipation is killing me.  

The Importance of the Book Cover

I looked through James T. Egan’s portfolio just now, and I am really excited to see what he does with my cover for Oz and the Fury.  One of the things I read over and over again is that a book cover is one of the most important components of publishing a book.  In fact, I read it again today in J. F. Penn’s How to Market a Book.  (Hopefully, I’ll have time to finish reading and reviewing it soon.)

My wife and I recently looked at Kindle Scout and realized just how important covers are.  There seems to be a correlation between terrible content and terrible covers.  While the adage that you can’t tell a book by its cover is often true, it doesn’t mean that book covers aren’t important.

Terrible Cover, Terrible Book?

Book coverNow I’m not saying DIY covers are ugly by default; I am, however, saying that the cover is the first quality metric for prospective readers, followed by the back cover blurb and sample chapter.  Writers who take the time and patience to write, rewrite, revise, edit, and proofread their books also take the time (and money) for a proper cover.  When I see a book with a terrible cover, it makes me wonder where else they cut corners.  I don’t want to be that guy.

I’m really looking forward to seeing which elements James incorporates.  Did he go with the game, the griffin, post-climate catastrophe Terra, something else?  I guess I’ll find out soon enough…

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