I know I’m a romance author, but I’m still a READER at heart.
As a READER, my favorite thing to do is to go into a Lifeway or Family Christian Bookstore and peruse the fiction section.
And yes, I may even sniff a few times. There is NOTHING better than the smell of fresh books! (Okay, maybe vanilla or chocolate chip cookies come in close….)
I also am fascinated with covers. It’s what draws me to books. I know, I know. They say don’t judge a book by its cover. But I confess. Most of the time, a cover is what prompts me to pick up a book and check it out. And a cover is, at times, what makes me wrinkle my nose and walk on by.
Writers and publishers have a LOT of conversations about what a cover should look like, because a cover sends a message to you, our reader.
It might be something like this from Robin Caroll…
Clearly you’ll get some nail-biting suspense here!
Or maybe it’s something a little more fun like this from Becky Wade…
You can bet you’ll get a cute romance with a hunky hero and those pink shoes tell you there is DEFINITELY going to be a dose of fun.
Then you have our own Valerie Comer…
Which tells you that a sweet-farm romance awaits.
We can’t forget the more serious side, like the fabulous Katie Ganshert brings us.
This cover hints at a romance but with a serious side, preparing us for a soul-searching journey.
The different types of covers and the images they create are as endless as the story possibilities inside. We writer’s worry about lots of things. Should we have people on our covers? The couple or only the hero or heroine? Should we show faces or hide them? Cut off heads or fore-go decapitation?
Those are all things we painstakingly try to figure out, to ensure that we capture JUST the right mood for our readers.
I just released my next book cover for my upcoming novel, A Side of Hope, on my own blog yesterday. I chose to go simple, no decapitation, and show faces. Hopefully my readers will like it as much as I did!
So what about you? What kind of covers appeal to you as a reader? Do you prefer covers with faces, or do you like to picture what characters look like without being shown on the cover? Do cut off bodies annoy you?
Or are you like some, and just don’t care, as long as the story inside is fantastic!