Book Covers

Currently Listening to: Try, by Colby Caillat

First off, my older sister found this site, and knows it’s mine. Her finding it was entirely my fault, as I put the link somewhere she could see it*. So first of all: Heyyyyyy sis! You’re a little creepy and I’m still jealous of your impending Disney honeymoon. Please reconsider the idea of smuggling me in a suitcase. You’ll hardly even know I’m there. Until I’m hungry, of course. Or tired. Or angry after being shoved in a suitcases for hours on end.

And now to other things:

Astonishingly, I will be a published author by the end of the year. I’ve decided to self-publish my novel, Songstruck. Right now, I’m in the process of having a cover designed. At first, I was all set to just use Createspace’s cover wizard. I even made a nice cover with it. I still like that cover. But now, when I’m getting really close to actually publishing it? I decided I wanted something different. Something better. For the longest time, I was against having a cover made, because the reality of it is I don’t expect to sell tons of copies. As proud as I am of my novel, and as well-written as it may be, that’s just the way of things, statistically. Meaning I didn’t know if I could justify the cost of having a cover professionally made. Struggling, fairly-broke graduate student, and all that, remember? But then I remembered one bit of wisdom that I’ve seen time and time again: it’s the cover, more often than not, that sells the book. Now, the fact that that advice seemed to come primarily from–you guessed it–people who charge exorbitant fees for designing covers–made me a little wary. I mean, when it’s mostly the people offering a service assuring you of how much you need that service…

But then I thought about it some more. Like I said, the closer I’ve gotten to publishing, the more I’ve dwelled on thoughts of cover design. We all know the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but come on. I know I do. All the time. For example, I would never have purchased A.G. Howard’s book Splintered (and subsequently, it’s sequel Unhinged) if not for the fact that the cover caught my attention every single time I walked past it. And I would have missed out, because I adore those books. By the same token, there are some books I have decided not to pick up because I didn’t like the covers. I might well have missed out on some fantastic novels because the cover didn’t interest me. And online? I browse and click on books with covers that look interesting all the time, before knowing anything about the book.

Covers matter.


*In my defense, it put it there long before she had any chance of finding it. But she decided to try her hand at NaNoWriMo this year, and found it there.


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