That statement is so true. Well, it’s taken a while (almost a year, actually) but I now have an original cover design for my ghost short story, “The DiVacci Curse.”
Only the cover has been changed. The story and its contents remain the same.
When I first published the story last summer, I felt that it was more important to just get it published and out there, rather than delay publishing because of the cover page. I opted to use one of Amazon’s predesigned cover pages that I liked, but was generic in nature. I had no issues with the predesigned cover for a long time until I saw another book on Amazon (can’t remember if it was fiction or non-fiction) that used the same exact cover design…same font, colors, etc. That’s when I realized that I needed to have an original cover design instead.
I now understand the importance of book covers. Some readers do indeed “judge a book by its cover.” Book covers can determine whether a reader investigates the e-book further or just clicks to another item or page, not even giving the book a second thought.
I prefer book covers that give the reader a general idea of the plot, rather than paint an overly vivid picture that is too demanding and busy for the eye. If too much is going on in the image, the message becomes confusing and complicated. The author runs the risk of turning the reader off. Sometimes “less is more” as previously mentioned in my post about “The Fog.” This concept applies to book covers as well. Continue reading