Thursday, 22 September 2011

Why is it so hard to make a decision on a book cover?

So obviously a book needs a nice cover, something simple but effective right. There are pages on the web that let you design your own cover for a minimal charge and I figure, hey I design houses for a living how hard could it be to design a cover for a book? So I Start with something basic and come up with a few options but then I can't decide which I like better. So I jump on Facebook and upload a couple of the options so people can let me know what they think. The only problem with that is, different people like different covers. This is a lot harder than I realized. There are a couple of alternatives I quite like but nothing really stands out at me. There has to be something else.
Luckily there are quite a few book cover designers out there who know what they're doing and based on a recommendation I jump on the Paragraphic Facebook site and have a squiz. Wow, some of those covers are absolutely fantastic but none is quite right, there's one girl who looks perfect for Hannah but the rest of the cover is just too prissy, so I contact Tisha and she is more than happy to help come up with something else, she plays with some of the images and we to and fro a little bit and I love the final design, so why do I still feel a bit apprehensive. It's so hard to be unbiased when it comes to your own cover. I can look over covers in the bookstores all the time without so much as a second glance at what could be a really good book. But how do I know if I would do the same thing to the cover I have decided on. Do I go back to Facebook again? This time around the praise is unanimous, maybe I'm on the right track. Not only is the new cover the most popular by far but, but it has managed to triple the likes on the page. So that’s definatly all good. If people are liking the page because of the new cover then they'll defiantly pick up the book. Won't they? I still can’t be objective. I do love it though. What do you think?
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  1. The cover is the first thing you see when you look at a book, so I'm much more inclined to pick up something that appeals to me and looks good. And this cover is stunning! I love it!

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