Thursday, July 12, 2012

That All-Important Cover

So I was at the Barnes and Noble that sits a hop, skip, and a jump away from me yesterday.  And, all those lovely books were calling my name.  I even picked a few up and stroked their covers, you know, just to make them feel special and all.  Unfortunately, my money and time budgets are super-tight right now, so I had to ignore the pleas of those gorgeous books and place them firmly back on the shelf for some other lucky person to pick up and love.  It was hard, but I was there on business, not pleasure.

The covers were my real focus.  I'm cover shopping right now for Edge of Mercy.  I have in mind what I want it to look like, but I wanted to double-check to see if my vision was the popular vision.  Now, don't get me wrong, I don't follow the fads--anymore.  But, I certainly don't want to shoot myself in the foot by putting up a cover no one would take a first, second, or any look at.  It needs to pop, look good as a thumbnail.  Let's face it, it needs to beg a reader to stop, not to keep on browsing, but to 'pick me, pick me!', much like the ones I had to reluctantly put back.  Not such a tall order, right?

Yep, I know I'm on the right track, but now I just have to find that perfect combination of irresistible and can't-look-away-ness (I might need to work on my vocabulary too :0) ).  At any rate, I really like this kind of research.

Happy Reading and Writing,


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