You Tell Me: What’s In A Cover

You Tell Me: What’s In A Cover

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Publishing, You Tell Me | 16 comments

I haven’t done a post about book covers in a long time, and with this new feature I thought this could be a great opportunity to explore your opinions.

Most people know I take a lot of pride in my covers. Of course I want them to be eye-catching, but when you’ve finished reading the story, I want you to be able to look at them again, and see something different. The image won’t have changed in any physical way, but it represents something different once you’ve read the book. It tells a little bit of a story, or sums the story up, in a single image.

For my book covers, I don’t want people or faces on them. I want you to create those images with your imagination as you meet them on the pages. I know other people don’t feel the same, and that’s fine. We all have different tastes, or things that appeal to us. And I’ve seem some truly incredible book covers that have faces/people on them, but to be honest, when I finish a book and look back at the cover, rarely is the person on the cover the same person that exists in my mind.

I have a wide range of covers from the publishing world that I absolutely adore. There is no rhyme or reason to it, so rather than show you a bunch of covers I’m in love with, I want to hear about yours.

 

You Tell Me:

As readers, for you, is there a recipe for success when it comes to a book cover?

In the attempt to get both sides of the story, for you, is there a recipe for disaster when it comes to a book cover?

What are a few of your favorites, and what is it about them that you love?

And lastly, when you read a book that has the main character(s) on the cover, is that the same person you take an adventure with inside?

 

As always, feel free to answer any or all of the above questions, as well as throw out your own. It’s discussion time, so lets talk book covers!