The title AND the book cover are what attract me first.
It is true that we should not judge a book by its cover, but how many of us do just that?
Just as with the title, the cover should bring out an emotion of curiosity and interest.
In the nineteenth century and earlier, a book cover was usually plain. No scenery, photos, or colorful backgrounds.
I am glad that there is recognition for those artists who design book covers. It is a remarkable talent that can help to make or break a book. I have been blessed to have two talented people design my book covers. Each one fits the title and content so perfectly. I often get tears in my eyes when I look at them.
My publisher suggested names for me to consider. They showed examples of some of their previous works. One might also look at the name of a designer with the credits of the book. One may also Google book designer sites, or ask authors for referrals. Perhaps you have your own idea and will design the cover yourself.
It does cost more money to have a qualified and gifted artist, but I
believe the investment is well worth every penny. It is a representation of your skill and talent as a writer. You do not have to be like me and get tears, but you do need to be proud of it.
Karen Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development, which was a double major in psychology and human services. She is the author of the award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir from which all proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. Her second novel is Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her first novel, Novy’s Son challenges the reader to examine the issues of alcoholism, sexual addiction, and family dynamics. She has also written poetry, short stories, and has had articles published for professional journals. Karen also does presentations to promote her books and on subjects of health/wellness.
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