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Any Tips On Cover Image?

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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby Anya Kylash » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:12 pm

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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:38 am

Covers really are not terribly important. Pretty much no one, at least on a percentage basis, buys a book because of the cover. Publishers have done more research on this than you can believe. The job of the cover is simply to draw a reader to the book from a distance. This is why bright, splashy, covers with contrasting colors that often aren't very pretty up close get put on novels.

Writers always want pretty covers with great art. Marketing wants covers that actually draw readers close enough to read the jacket copy, and then page one. This is what sells books. It's always about the writing.

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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby jaus tail » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:15 am

Thanks James. I knew that books are sold on word of mouth, but thought that covers are what attracts the first reader. How would one come to the book if it's got an amateur cover?

Thanks again. I'll think about the cover, won't invest much in it, but still work towards a decent cover.
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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby DrG2 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:19 pm

I have dismissed books from consideration solely because of their cover. Regarding self-published books, a cover that doesn't look professional is an immediate turn-off.
I have given more consideration to books that had an interesting cover.
I don't think I'm odd in this regard.

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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby updog » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:37 pm

If I'm scanning the shelves at Barnes & Noble, whether it be the brick and mortar store or the virtual one, the cover is what makes me pick the book up to check out the blurb and the first few pages. If your cover doesn't catch my eye, I'll pass it by. The only time the cover doesn't matter to me is if the book was recommended by someone I trust, or it's written by an author I already love.
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Re: Any Tips On Cover Image?

Postby rosebud » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:45 pm

Of course. And then there's Fabio. :mrgreen:

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Postby mammamaia » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:29 am

i'm with drg and updog on this... they said it all for me!
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Have a nice day

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