Thursday, June 16, 2011
Good Morning everyone.
I hope today brings you all some sunshine. A few weeks ago we spoke about the pitfalls of titles. Now I am going to get onto the topic of covers! It is a topic
that really gets me going. Covers are one of THE most important things to ever compliment your book. Most published authors have a say in their cover, but are then too worried of upsetting the publisher to say, actually, I don’t like it. Unlike me, the big mouth woman who always voices her opinions. It’s one of my many flaws! I have a golden rule. If you don’t want the truth, don’t ask me.
Now, back to covers. How many of you have been attracted to a book cover, only to find it relates to nothing about the story? I’m a sucker for Historical romance. I was in Waterstone and a cover of a woman in a regency dress caught my eye. I picked it up, read the blurb, only to find it was a ‘who done it murder mystery’!! What the hell?? Which brings me to one of my book covers. The artist who did the cover was absolutely brilliant, but the picture was nothing to do with my story. I immediately sent back an email saying its great, but no, not for my book. So after a flurry of emails, the publisher said, ‘what do you want to have?’ Perfect! They should ALL say those immortal words. I told them and my perfect cover was born. How many authors have felt pressured to have covers they don’t really like?
Who has stood up and said ‘no’ I don’t want that one?
Who has had no imput in their covers? Who has actually made their own?
Now we get on to self published authors. Power to them. That’s what I say. They have to make their own covers. Eeek. Where would you start. Does anyone have any helpful links for those who wish to self publish? My link is for Jimmy Thomas. Most authors know him. Not only is he drop dead gorgeous, he is a lovely guy who always takes time to have a chat. One of his secret's...not widely known......is that he’s addicted to chocolate!! That makes him doubly nice in my books.Excuse the pun.
Which brings me to a little story about young Jimmy. I was ogling an author’s cover on Facebook (as you do). It was of a rather dashing hero holding a semi conscious woman. I commented, thinking the picture was just an artist’s vivid imagination, ‘If I fainted I wonder if he would pick me up and carry me off’ and suddenly Jimmy commented, if you lived near me, of course I will. OMG. I nearly wet my drawers. The cover model was a real live person. AND he was talking me!!! We had a lovely pm chat. Of course I knew he was being nice to promote his wares, but boy, did I mind. HELL NO!!!!! I’d share my chocolate bar with him any day! I’m sure an erotica author could make a story from that comment lol
Ahem, anyway, to get back on track, his covers are stunning. So do go and check him out. He’ll pose for any genre and really take your ideas on board. He’ll be on the thread, if he's not too busy, to answer your questions or just have a chat about book covers. His has a fab calender out and the proceeds go to a local animal shelters that he supports. So know, if you buy one, you will also be helping a good cause.
So here is my question for today. Who has picked up a book, loved the cover, then found the story didin't compliment it at all? If you are an avid reader,does it infuriate you or are you not that bothered? Tell us.
As usual, prizes to be won for the most helpful comment or productive link.
Posted by Margaret West at 4:09 AM