Two days ago, I got an email from my publisher asking me what I would like my book cover to look like. What a question! Such a question of epic proportions that I have yet to find the answer to it.
It’s a huge amount of pressure. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all do it. Beautiful cover art is one reason I love physical books. Don’t get me wrong, e-books are great and definitely have their uses. I know they are practical, great for holidays and spare your bookshelf from groaning under the weight of yet another book, but they just don’t look or smell or feel the same. When possible, I always opt for physical books. I for one like to enjoy a book with more senses than just sight. A book is a complete experience. But either way, physical or electronical, a book is special and it deserves to look good.
But where to I begin to decide how to dress up my book The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five? It’s a contemporary piece of fiction, technically marketed at women although I resent that because I’ve read plenty of books with male protagonists (a post for another day). It makes sense that it needs to look like a contemporary piece of “women’s” fiction.
I spoke to some friends, who all gave great advice. Some said my book cover should show what the book is about. I don’t want to give too much away, but it has plenty of themes and significant items and places. But I don’t think any of these things individually would give a clear idea of what the book is about. It centres around two female protagonists who are best friends, so it seems obvious to start there.
How do you visualise friendship? Selfies? A hug? Perhaps silhouettes side by side, or hand holding might be subtle but effective. I’ve been pouring through Pintrest and Instagram looking for inspiration and believe me there’s plenty of that to be found. However, I have yet to decide on my book cover. I’m half stressed out about it, half marvelling at the fact that this is something I get to be stressed out about. I know, I know, woe is me!
What do you like in a book cover?