Cover Art

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As a reader I understand the importance of cover art. This is the image that will draw you in either online or in the stores long before you read a single word. It is the device that captures the readers as they peruse random shelves of books. It gives you a quick overview of the story in pictures.

I also know the difference between good cover art and bad cover art. The good will draw you in and the bad will have you passing it by without a second thought. The image on the outside does judge what is on the inside regardless of what is written.

Visual stimulation can make someone pick up your story without even reading the back cover. I know, I’ve done it.

I have three stories up on Scribd right now (which you can access for free through the Writings link above) and none have cover art. Well, I take that back, Dead Winter has some horizontal lines but it looks more like a resume than a short story. I’ve decided to rectify that. I think having professional looking cover art will help my readership. I have also been toying with the idea to publish – at least one- through Amazon for free. I definately need cover art for that.

And editing.

While I’m fairly happy with the story Krista I think it could use a little more polishing. Before any of my covers go live, I plan to post them here to see what others think. I’ve already purchased and downloaded the royalty free artwork through www.fotolia.com which can be used without licence for book cover art as well as edited. I paid $6 a piece and got three images for each of my three stories. If it works out like it looks in my head, I think I’ll have some very nice cover art for these free short stories. Now I need to work on my photoshop skillz.

So what do you think about cover art? Does it impact the books you buy (or don’t buy)? For a new writer does the concept of cover art take a back seat to writing? Is this just “one more” time waster?

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  1. I’ll be honest with you about cover art. If I’m on a site like Amazon looking at ebooks, if there’s no cover, I won’t even look at it. I know Kait said that no cover is better than a bad cover. That may be true for some people, but not for me. If I don’t see a cover, I think the author didn’t care enough to take the time to do one. Now if it’s a REALLY bad cover, I usually won’t look either, but if it’s a decent cover, I won’t pass it by. I’ve seen so many different degrees of good and bad. My cover artist hasn’t been doing it long, but she gets better and better. She redid the cover of Starfane recently because the old cover was done when she was just getting started. Such a big difference!

    Btw, I also look at books with good, or maybe mysterious, titles. If the title doesn’t catch me, I usually pass it up.

    • I created three new covers for my free stories and republished them yesterday. I don’t know if it was the addition of cover art or the fact that I posted the update on Twitter and Facebook but one story in particular rose in reads by almost 100. Since I don’t know that many people really, I am leaning more toward the new covers.

      One area I do need to work on is blurbs.

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