A blog for lovers of pocket novels written by a group of authors who are: Kate Allan, Cara Cooper, Fay Cunningham, Noelene Jenkinson, Patricia Keyson, Chrissie Loveday, Carol MacLean, Fenella Miller, Margaret Mounsdon and Sally Quilford
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
THE RIGHT PACKAGING
How important is a book cover? And how often do we despair
or agonise over the cover of one of our books. The publisher very rarely gets
it right, even when they have asked for precise details of the main characters.
Our redhead turns into a brunette on the cover and our tall, dark hero, who is
well into his thirties, looks like a blond teenager.
Self-publishing leads to even more anguish. Do we pay for a
professional cover, or do we do it ourselves? I recently published a new
novella with KDP and I did the cover myself. I bought a cheap photo-editing
package (£30) and paid £3.99 for the photo. The book is called Forgotten and I
dismissed a lot of fonts before I found one that I thought looked right for
When the only available book readers were in black and white
it didn’t matter so much, but my Kindle Fire is in glorious full-colour HD and
the cover picture matters a lot. The book needs to look professional and the
cover needs to relate, however remotely, to the content of the book – which is
more than can be said for some professionally published books.
With so many e-books out there now, we all have to find a
way to make our books stand out from the crowd. Writing a good, well-edited,
book is important of course, but the cover might just push it that one step
ahead of the rest.