Welcome to today’s post where all we talk about is the ‘look’ and your reaction to it.
Do you Judge a Book by its Cover?
I’ll admit it – I do. Perhaps that is why I so love my historic romances – the dresses are to die for, the colors often pop and in the best ones, the feel of the heroine comes right through. If I’m in a bookshop, I will actually gravitate TO the colors that pop – I’m a fan of petting books – I touch then as I run down the aisle, picking up those that intrigue me. I’m a color first person – I want something that will catch my eye, and the font and print on the cover have to show crisp and clean.
I have a real problem with covers that are hand drawn or too cluttered – and if a cover appeals to a child, the book within had better be a child’s book. I’m also not a huge fan of ‘representational’ covers for erotic titles – no I don’t need to have the cover be all naked and sexy, but the jewels, flowers a la Georgia O’Keefe, or other imagery that ‘connotes’ sex just leave me flat. I always suggest to authors – get a professional designer for your cover. Don’t be too literal – be sure your colors pop in an actual paperback size image and be sure that your fonts and other graphics are CLEAN and NEAT – and are easy to discern in a thumbnail sized photo. Especially when I am surfing through long lists of titles with ONLY thumbnail views – make is stand out in all the best ways.
What do these covers say to you? Do any appeal – or are they on the “swipe left’ pile?