Before I sum up my thoughts on “Judging a Book by its Cover” I have one last minute cover to share.
“Take A Stand” written by Nancy Bandusky.
I came up with it because the hero has to decide to take a stand when Christianity is outlawed.
My husband, Brent, designed the cover. I wanted something simple that could have an element used in the following two books of the trilogy for a tie-in for all 3 books. The swords in the shape of a cross suggest the religious aspect of the book plus the “fight” involved. Also the sword is often used to mean “the word of God.” http://www.amazon.com/Take-Stand-Challenge-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008XJODLC
Thanks And Thank you Nancy for sharing with us.
First, I want to thank everyone who participated and shared their covers, blurbs, and links. And I also want to thank all of the people who shared their comments and likes and who reblogged the different posts in the series.
I had a blast doing my blog series, “Judging a Book by its Cover.” and I hope you did too!. I made some new friends and got some new insights and great links to book designers. Okay so here is what I learned from all of this and my thoughts on it.
Some readers will always choose a book by it’s cover. Your cover needs to be eye catching. Bright colors, interesting designs, photos, and illustrations.
Now that you have gotten their attention, your blurb should let people know what your book is about.
My thoughts are this; The cover needs to represent your genre and to give the reader an idea of your story at first glance, but it also is a part of you and lets readers know your thoughts and feelings about your writing. No matter if you are writing your first book or your 50th, always let your enthusiasm show in your cover. Make it your own.
When you write your blurb, how much you tell them is your choice, but you want that blurb or description to hook them, pull them in, and make them want more.
The bottom line is: To me It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Write from your heart. Give your readers your best story every time. Make them laugh, make them cry, scare them, get them angry, or let them root for the good guy. Let your readers get lost in another world for awhile and forget about their own. It’s what we as writers do. It’s the reason we write. The cover is just the icing on the cake. The pretty wrapping paper that we tear off to get to the good stuff.
And I still don’t judge a book by its cover, but I have snubbed my nose at one book because of it’s title and I’m ashamed of myself. In fact I finally read that book and loved it! Want to know what that book is? It is the first book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, “The Gunslinger” I’m a huge Stephen King fan, but I don’t read westerns, I now know, it’s not a western 🙂
Please, take the time to check out all the author’s books. Don’t just look at the cover. Read the description. Read the reviews. Utilize that “Click to look inside” feature, it’s there for a reason. Oh and even if you don’t pick up a copy, please click like and tweet! Share the love!