I’ve been thinking a great deal about cover art recently. For no particular reason, Gentle Reader, just because. It’s no secret that, no matter what the words within, cover art counts for a large majority of sales in my business.
All too often you see authors complaining about cover art, I actually really like most of mine. Even those that initially disappointed me I learned to appreciate eventually. So this is not going to be a blog about that.
As I noodle about my daily toils, I encounter any number of books the large variety of which have covers that, frankly, turn me off. I don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t buy because of the cover. My favorite author of all time, Tamora Pierce, seems to have generated some kind of vendetta against her on behalf of her marketing house because her recent covers really are horrendous. But, like I said, I don’t really want to go there.
What I want to do is simply show you a few covers that I love. These aren’t books I have necessarily read, but I might simply because the covers are so fantastic.
|The Shivered Sky (which is also a great title)|
|Way better than her US cover|
|Crown of Midnight|
|The Palace Job|
I’m no art director to render decisions on design and marketing. But I do think of myself as an aestheticist. I like pretty things and I’m attracted to images and balance that looks good, to colors that jive, to images that hint at story without simply being an almost photographic rendering of a fantasy scene in the book (yawn). I also prefer the woman look tough and covered, not out of prudishness, just in a lust for cosmic balance. If I never see another tramp stamp cover, headless torso female, I’ll be all too happy.
So there it is a glimpse into my particular taste in covers.
How about you, any favorite covers?
Books you picked up just because of the cover?
Thoughts on the evolution of cover art?
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|Contest entry from ladyceleste via LJ|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|via British Paintings tumblr: The Eternal Dream – William Shackleton 1924|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
|via oldtimeystjohnsscifi-tumblr: Evacuation of Duckworth Street during The Great Atari Invasion of 1890|
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
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PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Rewriting now, release date March 17, 2015.
The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
|Tea with the French Cover|
Quote of the Day:
“The word recipe belongs to pharmacy, and is only used with reference to medical prescriptions. The cook uses receipts, the apothecary recipes.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)
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