In between frolicking with friends and showing prospective buyers around the house this gal’s thoughts have turned to book covers.
Plan A for my book “Close to the Edge” is to have it traditionally published and I have found a publisher willing to take a detailed gander at the mss. Plan B is to publish it myself and since I have Plan A in hand – or rather out of my hand since it is winging its way hopefully to glory with said publisher, this week I thought I’d roll out Plan B and have a look at what I would need to do should Plan A do a belly-flop.
One issue that sets the grey matter a-wobble is that of the book cover. It appears that this artifact is what tickles the potential buyers’ taste-buds. Personally I’ve always gone for the what-are-the-first-three-paras-like approach but, in this, it seems I have fallen into error. Apparently we are subtly, sub-consciously, surreptitiously seduced by what is on the cover.
There are rules to follow in designing covers (so I read) – certain colours are preferred and only three of them anyway; wide-spaced text; teaser strap-lines, powerful image – oh my – it goes on and on with the inevitable rider – “don’t try this at home; always call in a professional”.
My own sense of art and aesthetics is probably on a par with Attila the Hun so I would be interested, fascinated even to know of other writers’ experiences with book covers and grateful for any tried and tested tips and hints.
Failing that, a weekend in a bookshop looms to see which book covers beckon to me and speak of the goodies within. Actually, I think I have some more house viewings over the weekend so it will be the vacuum cleaner doing the beckoning.
Have a good weekend y’all.