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Judging A Book By Its Cover

As we speak, my editor at Kensington is working with his art department to come up with a fab cover for my first novel. But before he did that, he asked me if I had any thoughts on the design of the cover.

Which came as a wonderful surprise.

(And so much fun, I can’t even describe.)

Being a newbie, I figured cover design was exclusively the domain of the people at the publishing house and they wouldn’t be particularly interested in my input. So I had no idea I’d be invited to give my two cents. (I get the feeling this varies from house to house, however. Yet another reason I love my publisher.)

Here’s the Pinterest page I created of covers I like because they specifically reflect the tone of my book. There are, of course, tons of covers I love for their own sake. Some gorgeous cover art out there, no? Hmm….a separate Pinterest page, methinks…

Also, while I’m at it, here’s the Pinterest page I’ve been working on for A Beautiful Heist. A taste of my novel, in visual form. 

(Oh Pinterest, how I adore you. So many fun applications.)

Book covers are so important, no? The commandment of Never Judge A Book By Its Cover is a sound one…except, maybe, in the case of ACTUAL BOOKS. Perhaps we shouldn’t, but we absolutely judge books by their covers. When my husband and I owned a secondhand bookstore in Vancouver a few years ago, we found a clear trend: the books with the best covers (intriguing, beautiful, stylish…) were snapped up the quickest.

So, how about you? What are your favorite book covers? And how much do you think a book’s cover influences whether you pick it up and buy it?

2 Responses to “Judging A Book By Its Cover”

  1. Katja says:

    Book covers are definitely important. If they’re well chosen they convey the tone of what’s awaiting the reader..

  2. […] to the thrill of reading my book blurb, my editor sent me a file with my cover image! I had been seriously sweating this one out so it was with a great degree of apprehension that I opened the file. Here it […]

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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