|COVER BY GEMINI JUDSON-|
UP FOR EPIC'S ARIANA AWARDS
FOR COVER ART-
WHISKEY CREEK PRESS
For me, a cover should have colors I like, a theme that appeals to me, and letters than are pleasing to the eye. I admit I prefer "pretty" covers. Since I don't select horror or anything very frightening to read, then it follows that red blood, a dead person, or anything resembling pain or death really turns me off.
Choosing a hard copy of a book is easy--it's right there in front of me, I can pick it up, turn it over, and run my fingers over the cover. I can flip the pages and determine if I like the font, the spacing, oh, and several more picky little things. Each of us has our own list of likes and dislikes, and each of us is entitled to choose how we wish.
With eBooks, though--precisely romance eBooks--the game changes. We can't feel the book, but we can see the cover. In fact, the cover may be the most important thing about your book. Yes, I truly believe that.
When I discovered the small presses and realized the possibility existed for me to get a book published, I knew I had some choices to make. Since I'm picky about covers, and I'm old enough to do what I want, I studied publishers before I selected one for my very first submission. Yes, that's right. I chose the publisher most likely to give me a cover I liked. Curious to know which publisher that was? It's no secret, for anyone can find out by publishing dates of my books on Amazon--every single one is there.The publisher was The Wild Rose Press. The covers were beautiful, for the most part, very well done, professional, and enticing. I studied the Home Page where numerous covers were all in neat rows and out of a dozen, there were maybe one or two I didn't like so much. Those, as I recall, were in a category of stories I just didn't care for. It follows, right?
Why am I so very careful to choose a publisher that shows covers I like? Besides the cover giving me a hint about the contents, I also envision my own books in print. Fortunately, The Wild Rose Press offered prints as well as eBooks, so all was well.
Still, the publisher must sell eBooks, and the competition is fierce, isn't it? Look at the rise in the number of eBooks published each week, the increase in the number of small presses, and also the increase in the number of Indie authors. It's staggering.
A publisher or an indie author must have professional, eye-catching covers. Think of how many book covers the eye scans on any one Home Page or list.
I have read conversations about omitting covers altogether for eBooks, and some agree. Me? No. I believe the cover for an eBook will become even more important.
Thank the artist who made your wonderful cover. Today, I thank Gemini Judson for the gorgeous cover for my Women's Fiction/Romance novel Crystal Lake Reunion with Whiskey Creek Press. On Monday, I believe the winners of EPIC'S ARIANA AWARDS (for cover art) will be announced, and Gemini and I are keeping our fingers crossed! Not only is my cover up, I believe she has several scattered among the categories.
So, good luck, Gemini! I hope to see this cover in print one day soon.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas