Saturday, February 3, 2018

DO YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

With: Jannine Gallant

Congratulations to "Martha L.", the winner in Jannine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


The very first impression readers have of a book is its cover. If they like it, they just might flip the book over (or scroll to the digital description) to read the blurb. If they don’t like it… Well, chances are, they’ll move on to the next book. For this reason, one of the most nerve-racking parts of the publishing process is waiting to see the cover. For authors who are traditionally published, we have very little say in our covers. Maybe our publishers will ask for input, but they make the final decision.

Choosing a cover isn’t as simple as picking out an image that reflects the characters or setting. The cover also has to portray the genre and set the tone. No false advertising is huge! If a reader sees a half-naked couple in bed on the cover, they’re going to expect some steamy romance. If they don’t get it, they’ll be disappointed. But there are subtler nuances to cover art. My BORN TO BE WILDE series featured attractive couples with the proper backgrounds. But the upbeat tone spoke more of contemporary romance than romantic suspense. The series didn’t sell well, and my publisher took the unheard-of step of repackaging the whole series with covers that had more of a suspenseful vibe. They were switched last month, so the jury’s still out on whether or not sales will improve.
  
For my latest release, BURIED TRUTH, which is the first book in my new SIREN COVE SERIES, I got lucky. I absolutely LOVE the cover. The cove in the image accurately reflects the setting, and the colors are gorgeous but have a mysterious quality. To me, the cover image seems to shout romantic suspense.
  
Giveaway!
You tell me…do you judge a book by its cover? What do you think of my cover for BURIED TRUTH? Would it entice you to read the blurb? I’m giving away a digital copy of one of my BORN TO BE WILDE books to one luck commenter. Winner’s choice! Please leave an email address with your comment. Happy reading!

BURIED TRUTH

Visit Siren Cove, Oregon, for gorgeous beaches, miles of hiking, delightful small-town shops—and a dark side none of its residents could have possibly imagined . . .


Leah Grayson has lived in Siren Cove all her life. It’s where she buried a time capsule with her fifth-grade class. Where she spent an unforgettable night on the beach with her first love. Where she married then divorced her rotten ex.

But there’s something ugly going on in her pretty little town. When Leah organizes a reunion for her fifth-grade classmates to open their time capsule, they discover a roll of film no one remembers saving. Afterward, strange incidents begin happening. Warnings. Accidents. Random acts of vandalism.

Luckily, her first love is back in town, too. Ryan Alexander has made it big with a wildly popular social media startup, but he’s still the same sweet, cynical man she fell for all those years ago. And the chemistry they felt as teenagers is as strong as ever.

A nostalgic fling turns deadly when someone is convinced Leah has the key to secrets long buried. With no way to know whom they can trust, Leah and Ryan will have to seek out the answers themselves . . .

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13 comments:

  1. I do agree that covers are important. I did not read romance until I was in my late 40's. The primary reason was the "bodice ripper" covers. I found one of Julie Garwood's historical romances that had a nice cover with a jeweled broach on fabric. I bought the book and searched out every other one she had out. This was before she switched to contemporary suspense. I still am not a fan of "bodice ripper" covers, but if it is an author I like or the blurb sounds good, I will get the book. I have found fabric book covers that slip into paperbacks, so no-one knows what I am reading.
    I don't know what the old Born To Be Wild covers were like, but the new ones are very good and should attract attention. I love the colors in the cover for Buried Truth. It would definitely get me to pick it up and read the blurb. I certainly wouldn't need to cover it up.

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    1. Forgot my email: library pat AT com cast DOT net

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    2. A cover should not make the reader feel self-conscious, Patricia. I think that's why I love my Buried Truth cover so much. I'd hang it on my wall! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I do look at book covers, but they don't persuade me to buy a book. I tend to favor the blurb or recommendations. I do like cover for Buried Truth. Thanks for the chance to win! Trishleroy49@gmail.com

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    1. That's the goal...to get readers to check out the blurb. Not that we have final say in our blurbs, either, but that's the subject for another post! Thanks for entering, Trish!

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  3. yes, if it's the same cover used on different authors' books, skip the book
    nice cover

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I've seen the same image used on multiple covers. It can be a problem when sites sell it more than once. Thanks for your opinion.

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  4. Love the new covers. They definitely say "romantic suspense." I'm very impressed with your publisher's support. Best of luck with your new series.

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    1. Thanks, Marissa. I really appreciated that they stepped up with new covers for the Wilde books!

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  5. If a cover attracts my attention, I'll pick it up and read the blurb.
    Love the colors in the Buried Truth cover.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. I love the colors, too. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. I definitely judge a book by its cover! I don't like a really busy cover. Buried Truth has a beautiful cover. I like all the above covers, they would make me give a look at the blurb.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Sometimes simple is better when it comes to a striking cover, Martha. I'm glad you like mine!

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