Monday, February 8, 2016

What Does a Cover Say to You?

Remember when I told you I entered Blind Temptation in the Judge a Book By Its Cover contest? Well… the reader vote section is up HERE and my cover is in the SF/F/P category. I hope you’ll give it 5 stars. **grin** But only if you like it. Really. I don’t want false ratings. My ego isn’t THAT fragile.

I rated all the covers up for vote. There are some pretty awesome covers listed and some…not so awesome. Do you judge a book’s readability based on how well the cover is designed? Nowadays anyone can publish a book. I think if the cover doesn’t look professional, then maybe the inside isn’t professional, either (meaning, not edited or not edited well). Is that a wrong assumption on my part? Maybe. But my time is valuable and if a cover doesn’t grab me, I’m not wasting my time on the book. Of course that makes me wonder about my own covers.

That’s why in my next newsletter (which I’m sending out TOMORROW), I’ve included surveys on my own book covers. I’m curious to know if people like them, plus I figured out HOW to do a survey on the newsletter. That was cool! I’ll have to come up with more stuff to survey.

The newsletter will also include the cover reveal of A Vampire Wedding. Sometime next week (probably Friday) I’ll post the cover here. So if you can’t wait, if you’re itching to see that cover (and why wouldn’t you? It’s awesome!), subscribe to my newsletter NOW so you don’t miss out. Sign up form is on the side bar.

So… Did you watch the Super Bowl? Which commercial was your favorite? I liked the Doritos one with the baby ultrasound. I just wish I was able to HEAR it. I think next year maybe I’ll stay home to watch the Super Bowl (we went to Buffalo Wild Wings), then I’ll be able to catch all the funny commercials. Plus, I ate WAY too much.

Have a great Monday!



JeffO said...

Wow, there's a lot of shirtlessness there. Makes me think there's a lot more "fantasy" than fantasy, if you know what I mean....

I like that the cover for "Blind Temptation" is restrained. It's tasteful. Good luck!

Maria Zannini said...

Covers are the segue to a book. If it doesn't appeal to me, I'm less likely to pick it up.

I haven't watched the Superbowl commercials yet. I've heard they weren't as good as last year. That's a shame. I look forward to them every year.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - There are a lot of shirtless guys. After awhile, though, they all start to look the same. Heck, they could possibly be the same guy!

Maria - Of the commercials I could listen to, there were a couple of good ones, but mostly just strange. Of course, I think that every year! Haha!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I'm with you - if the cover looks amateurish, then I expect the book to be, too. I know that's not always true, but often it is. Same thing with book covers that are like tons of other covers - I expect the story to be same ol' same ol' too. Hence why I don't care for the beefcake covers.

Covers should signal genre, give an idea of the book's "feel," and should have legible type. Amazing how many don't do that. Yours does!

My favorite Superbowl commercial was the one with the dachshund hot dogs - just because it was so cute!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I thought the dachshund hot dogs was STRANGE! Yeah, I laughed. Mainly because I was thinking, "What the heck??" Of course, I couldn't hear that commercial, so maybe sound would have made more sense. Haha! :)