I’ve been thinking alot about cover art lately and what exactly it is that makes a great cover. I know for me I have my auto-buy authors but after that it’s the cover that draws me in and then of course I check out the back of the book blurb and if there’s an excerpt well I always check that out too, but a good cover definitely grabs my attention.
Now with that in mind I’m curious what it is that appeals to other people besides just me. When you are picking up a book, do you immediately want to know from the cover what genre it is? With a lot of covers there is more of a scene that gives you an idea of where the book takes place but not necessarily what genre it is, for example you can tell it takes place in the mountains but don’t know if it’s a romance or a suspense type of story.
Since you’re reading this blog post I’m going to assume you’re a fan of romance books, *grin* so when you’re picking up a romance book what is it you’re looking for? Are you looking for the super hot cover with the uber sexy mancandy, the half-naked couple (or more *waggles eyebrows*) or do you prefer something a little less smoking on the cover?
I admit I’m a little torn, sometimes I really like the hot covers and sometimes I like something a little less steamy even though the heat level in the book might be the same, go figure. (Although it does occasionally throw me off if the cover is really hot and the book isn’t, LOL , but that might just be me.) I haven’t quite pinpointed what it is about certain book covers that draws me in, I just know it worked for me and I wanted to know more about the book.
I’d love to know what it is that appeals to as a reader when it comes to book covers. Is it the colour combinations or font choices? Or maybe having a scene on the cover rather than just people? The gorgeous sexy people? Or maybe it’s something else entirely.