What part does a book cover play…
…in selling books?
The saying: “don’t judge a book by its cover,” doesn’t always fit the bill. It’s also true that a great cover doesn’t necessarily mean great content. However, a dull or poorly executed cover can sometime put people off, even if the content is fantastic.
Before my first book, Land of Midnight Days, was published by Ecanus Publishing, I intended to go the self-publishing route and so commissioned the the above cover. I paid quite a lot of money for it. As you can see, it’s nowhere near as polished and finished as the present cover.
As in most things in life, good presentation is the key. An outstanding cover goes a long way to grabbing a reader’s attention. So what happens after you get the attention, how do you make the reader actually open the book? Well, that’s down to the blurb, or brief synopsis, outlining what the contents are about:
What would you do if your life was filled with fear: hide, run away – or would you fight back?
In a city at war with itself, Jeremiah Tully already knows how to survive, now he must learn how to live. Mute from birth, of mixed race heritage and his only possession a charmed flute, Jeremiah tries to discover where his remarkable talent as a musician will take him.
As you can see, I’ve tried to make mine as fast paced and exciting as possible. I’ve always found writing the blurb the hardest part of the writing process. It has to be concise, yet descriptive enough to gain the reader’s interest. Having to do it for each of the books of The Silver Flute Trilogy was harder than writing the books themselves! I’m so used to having free rein to write as much as I like that having to confine myself to such a short piece was sheer mental torture!
So, all in all, don’t rush things. Make sure your book cover is fit for purpose and write great blurb, and give the reader the reading experience they deserve 😀
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