Covers are one of the scariest, yet most exciting parts of writing a book. Before writing my first book I only thought covers would be exciting. What's there to be scared about? The thing is, as much as we say "don't judge a book by it's cover" I think it's something people automatically do. Maybe they don't refuse to read a book because of the cover, but a beautiful cover can draw readers in. It's the first impression. A cover is often what gets new readers to check out a blurb, so there is a lot of pressure to pick the perfect cover. I truly believe the cover for COLLIDE helped get readers to take a chance on me.
I go through almost a panic when it's time to start choosing images for a cover. I'm a ball of emotions, ready to dive in and find the perfect image, but worried I won't. I'm going through that right now as we start to work on the cover for CROSSROADS. What if I can't find the perfect couple? The perfect model? What if I pick the wrong image? What if there is more than one that I really, really love?
The good thing is, I feel very lucky that I work with a really great photographer and cover artist. I love their work and know they want the best cover for me. Jackson Photografix has been the photographer who shot every cover I've had, and we understand each other's style. It doesn't hurt that he shoots beautiful images that I get to spend hours and hours looking through :)
So my question for you is, what do you look for in a cover? Is there something specific that draws your eye? Do you like people on the cover, or would you rather draw your own visual in your head? Has a good cover ever gotten you to take a chance on a new author?
Can't wait to share the cover for CROSSROADS soon!