I debated about what subject this blog would be about and decided to make it about book covers. The other day on Facebook, an author posed a question: ‘How important are book covers to you as a reader?’ I was surprised that a number of the commenters weren’t really affected by the covers. Their interest lay in the plot and writings of the books. Book covers didn’t seem to have much impact. Most, if I’m remembering correctly, were JAFF readers.
Perhaps with JAFF books, such as the P&P variations, the covers don’t make much difference as we know ahead of time that the books will usually be about Darcy and Elizabeth, our two favorite characters. So, we may have a tendency to be a little more blasé about what the covers look like.
However, I don’t think that the average romance reader feels that way. I was informed that the results of one survey were that the #1 preference on the cover was a bare-chested man, #2 was a romantic couple, and #3 was basically a pretty lady. For myself, I will not do the bare-chested man but will consider the other two.
So, what I’m going to do today is pick your brains because I do write other Regency than just Pride and Prejudice variations. And though I love using the old paintings for my covers, if I find that they don’t promote interest and sales, I will have to consider doing something else as I don’t want my books lost in the shuffle of ten million ebooks that are being marketed earthwide.
Even though I haven’t finished ‘Darcy Vs Elizabeth’ and ‘Darcy Vs Wickham,’ I do have the covers ready for the entire series. I’m pleased with them, but are you, as a reader, pleased with them? All four books have a connection, either directly or indirectly, to Darcy’s home, Pemberley. And, to me, Chatsworth is Pemberley.
Instead of those four covers, I could do ones with a couple on the front, such as this one.
Or the covers could depict a lovely young lady instead perhaps against a nice background. What do you think? What would you prefer and why?
For my ‘Four Lords Saga Series’ I used early 1800’s portraits of real individuals. Each of my lords was patterned after the looks of these gentlemen with personalities I felt they might have. After all, I like the descriptions to more or less match the person on the cover. Have you ever hated to read about a blonde heroine and the book cover has a lady with black hair on it? It’s like running fingernails across a blackboard to me when I see that. Then again, maybe it’s just me. 🙂
My daughter and I both work on the covers, and she likes to have real people (models) on the covers rather than utilizing the older portraits. So…we have changed ‘Lord Windmere’ in an effort to determine if we should change all the Lords’ covers to see if readers would be more attracted to these more modern ones. Although I prefer the paintings, I’m willing to change to whatever works.
Let me know what you think in your comments below. I’m willing to consider doing all of my covers differently if it makes my books more marketable. Thank you for your comments. They are greatly appreciated.