Lately I’ve been harping on editing and for good reason. Editing is important. But today I want to discuss another aspect of publishing that is essential: book covers.
As much as I want to believe that people don’t judge a book by its cover, they do. They really do. This isn’t just for self-published authors. All authors need a book cover that catches the reader’s eye. To complicate matters the book cover has to fit into the genre. Don’t put a pirate on your book about ice hockey just because you like pirates. I love pirates as well. When I was a kid I would bury “treasures” in my neighborhood and then I created maps and clues for friends. But only a small amount of people who really knew me would understand why I put a pirate on my book cover. I know this sounds silly, but I’ve seen so many covers that baffle me. And even after reading the synopsis or the book I still can’t figure out how the cover relates to the story.
My advice is to study book covers in your genre. I have spent countless hours on Amazon looking at covers. When I need a break, I wander through bookstores and look for the covers that catch my eye. Often a cover only has a few seconds to capture someone’s attention. You need to make an impression and fast.
Today I would like to show an example of a wonderful book cover that catches the eye and reveals the mood of the book with just one glance.
Now, read the synopsis:
Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.
Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.
Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.
The cover is absolutely perfect for the synopsis and genre!
I would like to thank Medeia Sharif for letting me use her book cover for today’s post. And for all of you who are curious about her upcoming release, here’s the info:
VITAMINS AND DEATH by Medeia Sharif
YA Contemporary, Prizm Books
Release Date December 10, 2014
Have a wonderful week everyone!