Judging a Book by Its Cover

“Forever Poi” should be completed in the New Year.  Fingers crossed.  So while I’m writing and rewriting—and huffing and puffing because I want to be there like yesterday—I’ve gotten the cover going.  (Katrina Joyner as an FYI does all my art.  She’s awesome, but that’s another post.)

So that brings me to this week’s Wednesday post: book covers.  What makes for a winning one?  Do you even need to have a good one (which can cost $$ if you’re not artistically inclined or aren’t sure who to hire or where to go)?

Let’s start with the obvious.  Yes, you really do need a dynamic cover—it’s what draws a potential reader (buyer).  A so-so/blah one isn’t going to convince someone your book is worth reading, much less purchasing . . . unless you have a name and following.  A so-so/blah one might also give the impression that the content is, well, equally so.  You don’t want to turn off the “shopper” before he/she even gets to the sample stage.

You’ve heard that expression: don’t judge a book by its cover.  Unfortunately, many do.  Bear that in [serious] mind.  Be professional—not only in your writing, but with the accompanying artwork.

Make sure your cover reflects your content.  If your “product” is a cozy mystery, you probably don’t want sexpots pirouetting with leather whips.  A vibrant appropriate cover will not only appeal to potential purchasers, but to those who might consider doing reviews or passing on recommendations.

Before you commit to making that cover “the” cover, get feedback.  Friends and family are fine, but you might want to ask others in the industry.  Join a supportive writing group like Facebook’s fantastic SPF Community.  I’ve seen many an author post their cover and ask for opinions—and receive valuable feedback.

Lastly, have that cover display a bit of you / your voice.  Think: branding.

Book cover software does have merit, so this weekend’s post will look at some “makers”.  Until then, have an awesome creative rest of the week.

Ode to a Gal Who Wears Many Hats

Speaking of hats, I’ve been meaning (for a rather long time now) to say hats off to you, Katrina Joyner.

What I adore about her—besides the fact she’s a kitty rescue mom—is that she always finds some time, no matter how swamped she is.

This amiable young woman is the formatter and cover designer of my Triple Threat Investigation Agency e-books.  I love her work, which goes without saying, but there’s also been a lot of good feedback from others I’m happy to state.

In demand and super busy, she’s not taking on any additional clients at this stage.  If and when she does, I’ll post accordingly.

While we’re chatting about hats, I bought a lovely little number—I digress.  <LOL>  Other hats Katrina wears: comic book creator (The Heavenly Bride), writer and poet, and founder of the Writers of the Apocalypse.

I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you visited her on Apocalypse or Amazon.  (You may even be tempted to partake of one of her well-received books.)

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www.apocalypsewriters.com

https://www.amazon.com/Katrina-Joyner/e/B007V4Z134