ROMANTIC WOMEN'S FICTION . . . WITH A PARANORMAL TWIST . . .

Friday, May 27, 2011

When the Cover Makes the Sale

I'm stealing an idea from Jen Daiker at Unedited today.  She posted about the pull and draw of a book cover.

I get most of my reading choices through recommendations, and once I love an author I'll keep hunting them down.  But when I'm just shopping randomly, it's the cover that sucks me in.  I know it immediately, when I see a cover that speaks to me.  That begs me to pick it up.  And then I just cross my fingers that the jacket copy lives up to it.  And then I hold my breath that the book lives up to that!!  LOL.

That's alot of pressure for a cover.  And that's why the art departments at pub houses are so important.

So tell me...what draws you in?

I've put a few covers below.  Based on just that, which ones speak to you, make you really want to pick it up?





What are your thoughts??



13 comments:

Amanda Bonilla said...

Those are all gorgeous covers, IMO. But I agree with you, sometimes a cover can make a sale. The artist's job is to capture the essence of your book and bring it to life. I could have kissed the artist who designed my cover. He nailed my MC. It took my breath away!

Patricia said...

I'm biased because I love the word "Evenfall" and I am in love with Liz Michalski's website. If you've never seen it, it's worth visiting. And I agree with you 100%. I pick up a book because the cover draws me in, then I open it and pray that the blurb does the same. If so, I buy it.
Patti

Sharla Lovelace said...

Patti, I totally am too! Her website is one that I'm going to suggest ideas from when I do my own. I love the sparklies.

Sharla Lovelace said...

Amanda, I popped over and you are right, your cover is fabulous!!!

fOIS In The City said...

I've seen some of those and I am especially fond of the covers Addision has on her books. She has lucked out with a graphic artists who "gets" her books.

Yes, the cover can surely do a great deal to help draw in the reader. Love this post:)

Jen Daiker said...

Aw I'm so flattered!!! How sweet are you to give me such credit and share some covers!!!

I love the covers, I'd say the one that interests me is The Kitchen Daughter, the bag of apples looks like a dress and some how it leaves me wanting so much more!

Stephanie@thecrackedslipper said...

Great idea! and all gorgeous covers. I have to say I'm most drawn to Swim Back to Me (The symbolism in the pierced heart) and Evenfall (Something looks sort of mystical about it). I'm also drawn to covers...since I read so much historical fiction anything with an old portrait on the cover catches my eye (a la Tracy Chevalier).

Wouldn't it be so fun to be a graphic designer??

Laura Drake said...

I like all those, Sharla, and I agree with Amanda's, "The artist's job is to capture the essence."

Such a huge weight to put on one photo! I know you'll get it.

Does anyone else see the book cover when they're writing the book? I sometimes do - it comes to me like the title.

Candie Leigh said...

Wither by Lauren DeStefano is a YA with a georgous cover and its flying off the shelves. http://www.amazon.com/Wither-Chemical-Garden-Trilogy-DeStefano/dp/1442409053

Lorrie Thomson said...

Love the Evenfall and Kitchen Daughter covers. The best covers reflect the book's genre, get me to read the blurb, and then I check out first pages.

Charli Mac said...

Gorgeous covers have led me to find books I may have passed over. One example is Laura Spinella's Beautiful Disaster. It took my breath away. Google and you shall see.

Sheila Seabrook said...

They are all beautiful covers but the design of The Kitchen Daughter grabs my attention over all the others. I think it's the colors and then the shape of the mesh bag, which looks to me like a woman's sundress. Along with the title, I'm guessing this would be a women's fiction title. My fav cover, though, is Lecia Cornwall's March 2011 release Secrets Of A Proper Countess (http://www.leciacornwall.com/books.php). I'm pretty sure it's the colors that grab my attention. Every time I see it, I just want to sigh at its beauty.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I like them all, but personally EVENFALL is my favorite - I love when part of a person is shown, and I love the color, and the wistfulness of it - the mystery... I don't know - just like it!