I just love book covers! In fact I love them so much I’ve even dedicated a whole page of my blog to them! In my opinion, the cover is a key element of the book. You might have written a great book, but if it has a lousy cover, people might not want to buy it. Apparently, the average reader spends as little as eight seconds looking at a book cover, (I certainly look at it a much shorter time! - LG). That’s if they even notice it at all!
I’ve asked a lot of authors about their book covers and some of them, such as Patti Roberts, are able to design brilliant book covers themselves (take a look at her great covers for the ‘Paradox’ series). Other authors, such as KE Saxon, ask someone else to design their covers (see the wonderful cover of her book ‘Diamonds and Toads’). Personally, I took the second route and hired a designer for both of my novels, ‘The Royal Sheikh’ and ‘Her Latin Lover’, as I was completely unable to master the art of cover design myself! After looking at numerous designers’ websites, I chose Judy Bullard, because she has done a lot of covers for romance novels, which fitted my genre, and she charges a very reasonable price (a major consideration!)
Whichever method people use, do it yourself or hire someone else, for digital books, I believe that a really a good book cover needs to strongly convey the book’s genre, so readers know exactly what they’re buying (I think this is especially true for unknown, first-time authors), it needs to have a strong image to make it eye-catching and it needs to look good even at a reduced size as the final cover will appear as a small image on Amazon, approximately the size of a stamp. Therefore, the images and wording must be clear and easy for readers to see. Finally, don’t overcomplicate the cover by trying to put too much on it; sometimes it’s the simple covers that are the most effective. For example, the cover for ‘One Pink Line’ by Dina Silver is brilliant, no wonder it’s selling so well!
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About Katheryn Lane
Katheryn Lane works full-time as a teacher, mother and wife, but somehow also finds time to be a part-time writer as well! She loves to write contemporary romances set in exotic locations. Her first romance, THE ROYAL SHEIKH, was inspired by her experience of living in the Middle East and her second novel, HER LATIN LOVER, takes readers to the treacherous towns and countryside of South America. In her free time (on the rare occasion that she has any!) she likes to lose herself in a good book.
THE ROYAL SHEIKH and HER LATIN LOVER are available from all Amazon websites, such as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
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