I read an article recently. I know, I know. What’s the world coming to?
Just kidding. I actually read articles all the time. Some are just more interesting than others.
This particular article was about trends in romance book covers, and it got me to wondering whether or not they were right. Let’s face it. Not everything claimed in online articles is true. Which is what brings me here – asking the experts (you fabulous Inspy Romance readers!) for their input.
Among the battling trends in romance book covers is the style of artwork on the cover. Some covers utilize photographs in their covers, while others employ illustration techniques instead.
We have a couple of Inspy Romance authors who have covers in both categories – me included.
Here you can see four of my covers: An Informal Affair and Skye both use photographic covers (although Skye utilizes some watercolor techniques that give it a bit of a hybrid feel) while Nowhere for Christmas and Definitely both use illustration as the primary technique. (Just in case you’re confused – Definitely was previously released in the Once Upon a Laugh box set with a different cover. It will be out soon with this new cover.)
Next, you can see two of Valerie Comer’s newest books: The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker and Raindrops and Radishes.
And just because three is a great number, here is another author who has utilized both photographic and illustrated covers. Take a look at Elizabeth Maddrey’s Pathway to Peace and A Heart Redirected.
So now that you’ve seen some examples of the different styles of covers, I want to hear what you think. Which style of cover do you prefer? Which one draws your eye and makes you want to pick the book up? Do the different cover styles tell you anything about the books? Do you have any preconceived notions about a romance with an illustrated cover versus one with a photographic cover?
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