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This week’s topic is…
This week… well, I LOVE this week’s topic of covers and cover design. Besides reading and blogging, I love photography and if I’m not reading you can most likely find me with a camera in hand or layers deep in Photoshop. So, a very visual person, I tend to be one of those people who judge a book by it’s cover.
Yes, one of THOSE people.
But it makes sense, and not that this principle always holds true, do you know what a well done cover says to me? It says that the author cares about QUALITY. A gorgeous indie cover that rivals those done by the designers at the big houses, gives me hope that the book inside is as carefully and expertly crafted as the outside shell. Bottom line: beautiful cover = a perceived commitment to excellence. Bad cover = possible disinterest on the part of the reader and a wariness of the story inside. I’ve said it before, you could write the BEST story EVER written, but if you do not take care to package your baby to reflect that amazingness visually, people are going to pass right by your novel for something more visually appealing. So if you’re an indie or self-pubbed author, help your book to put it’s best foot forward, and make the investment in an excellent cover.
So what indie covers am I finding squeal-inducing these days?
#1: All’s Fair in Vanities War by Elizabeth Marx
[box] What do I love about this cover? I love the muted tones contrasted by the girl’s bright red hair. I love the ravens, the cracked mirror, the sense of decay and creepiness that’s conveyed through the imagery. I love covers that I can come back to after reading the book and that I can spy something in that I might have not have noticed or grasped the significance of before knowing the story. I have a feeling this cover is going to be one of those. Though the title text is a tad difficult to read, overall, this cover is absolutely fabulous and attention-grabbing.[/box]
#2: Exiled by RaShelle Workman
[box] What do I love about this cover? EVERYTHING. The drama, colors, the lens flares, the hair, her eyes, her expressions, the planets, the BUTTERFLIES. It’s girly, yet it’s sci-fi. Sci-fi for GIRLS? Unheard of… right? I must read it.[/box]
#3: Eden by Keary Taylor
[box] What do I love about this cover? It’s sci-fi, it’s Cyberpunk, it’s reminiscent of The Terminator. With the peeling skin revealing bits of machinery underneath and the hard, challenging stare, this cover has dark and disturbing overtones, but all the same it’s beautiful. Especially with that brilliant turquoise iris. I love it.[/box]
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