Happy March. In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re slowly inching towards spring. Slowly because it’s still super chilly. It’s still a perfect time of year to curl up and read a book.
I have to admit there are far too many books out there to read, and I do tend to judge a book by its cover. It’s hard not to. Perusing the shelves at the bookstore or looking through pages upon pages of books online, you’re naturally drawn to a cover you like. It doesn’t help that I went to school for design and videography so I am a little bit picky when it covers.
But book covers are important. So important that all of March is Book Cover Appreciation Month. Think back to your favorite books. Was the cover an influence for your reason to pick it up? Was it accurate to the story? If there were characters on the cover, did you imagine them as those cover characters or did you through that image out completely?
Book covers are absurdly influential to a lot of stories and if they sell. Especially now with hundreds upon hundreds of books publishing every day.
There’s a lot of work put behind a cover. I should know. I design both wrap and ebook covers. It’s a back and forth process where you’re sometimes limited by standards or what kind of copyright free artwork you can use. Not everyone realizes the work put behind covers, but just like designing a website, a magazine, or even making a video, there’s a lot to think about.
My own process begins with brainstorming just what comes to mind when I hear the title then I incorporate the summary and any other information I get from the client. Color schemes and the over all feel is also important. Sketching and placing of images next and then hours of just fitting the puzzle together.
I know a lot of self-published or new authors think they can create their own covers. Sometimes they’re right. For the rest of us, we’re grateful for the designers we have. It helps us stand out (correctly) in the genre we’re in. It’s how we convince people to pick our book up in the first place.
First impressions are important. A great book cover is that first impression.
This month, I’m going to focus on covers. Each week is going to be a different take and conversation about covers. If you have any questions yourself, please drop them below and I might be able to answer them.
Until then, keep an eye out for covers when hunting for your next read. You’ll be amazed about what you see and how much work goes into each cover.