I’m at the point in my writing career where I’ve been doing it so long, some of my earliest releases have gone out of print. Which might seem a little sad (and it would be) except that it means I’ve approached my former publishing house and been granted the rights back to some of those early books!
Case in point, my Memphis Moments series. All Shook Up and Can’t Help Falling in Love came out in 2012 as part of the Heartsong Presents line. The third book in the series, Love Me Tender, never released because the line was being sold and eventually shut down (which also means there is a book from the Memphis Moments series that my readers have never read!)
Fast-forward to 2017. Now I have the rights to those old books back and that means hopefully they can find new life and new readers! (I’ll bet not many of you—even those of you who have read some of my books—read those two! They were not widely available due to circumstances beyond my control!)
One of the coolest things about the situation is that I’m able to make some edits to those stories now before they are re-released. I’m not changing anything major, but I am making a few minor adjustments to the stories and also bringing them up-to-date. (for example, one character in All Shook Up listened to music on his iPod…and in the new version, he just wears ear buds and has his playlist on his phone.)
But my very favorite part about re-releasing the series is that the books will get new covers! That old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is something I never listen to! I love looking at book covers and often a great cover will make me purchase a book just as much as a great summary will.
So here’s where I need your help. I’m curious to know—what is it about a cover that makes you interested in at least reading the back cover copy? What is it about a cover that makes you pass the book over and move on to the next one?
Please let me know in the comments your thoughts on covers! Do you prefer to see a couple on covers? One character? Scenery only?
I’ll share my opinion first: I am naturally drawn to covers with brides on them. Those always make me pause and look closer at the book and find out what it is about. Pastel and bright colors (pinks and purples especially) also tend to catch my eye.
How about you? What makes a great cover in your opinion? (No wrong answers here! I’m genuinely curious to hear some thoughts!)