This week, Jenna Da Sie wants to know all about book covers. What do we like to see on book covers? Both characters, one character, shirts off, fully clothed, faces, silhouettes? and What turns us off from choosing one?
Over the course of time this concept has changed for me. Now what is important is if the cover relates to the story. I really get frustrated if the cover has nothing to do with what's inside the book.
I was very fortunate when the cover artist made my cover for Into the Darkness. The cover turned out to be a scene from one of my chapters. The moment I saw it there was no doubt in my mind this was the cover for this story.
When I took pictures for The Cheyenne Bride book trailer, my female model insisted on reading the story through before we took the pictures. This allowed her to better help me figure out what pictures we needed to take to move the scenes forward. In the end it allowed me to put together an audio book cover that I was satisfied with.
To me a book cover is the first thing that grabs a reader. There are numerous stories out there, so the cover must grab their attention and make them want to read the blurb, excerpt, first chapter, then finally the book.
The cover is the window dressing to what's in store for the reader. It should say what genre just at a glance.
So that's just my two cents :)
That's it for me, let's hop over and see what Jenna Da Sie has to say...