Do you judge a book by its cover?

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I used to believe and follow that advice. I’ve read some excellent books that came “in a plain brown wrapper.”

Years ago, when most hardcover books came in  plain cloth or hard paper covers, not illlustrated, a discerning reader had to look for a synopsis on the inside of the flap jacket  to decide whether the book might be more interesting than its cover.

When paperbacks came out, covers of the classics and non-fiction books were still plain. Then a new kind of paperback with illustrated covers hit the market. Yes, there were a few good books among these, but many covers were associated with a lesser quality of writing or cheesier topics. Often a cheap photo or drawing attempted to lure a reader into buying.

Times have changed. Now that everyone is a writer, the market is more competitive and since most authors want to realize some sales now rather than 100 years after their death, they resort to a flashy advertising campaign. And it works!

Put a boring plain cover next to a flashy modern one, and it’s no contest. The eye, and hand, are almost always drawn to the flashier cover. Of course, in the end, the real test still lies in the text between the front and back covers of the book.

Anita B. Carroll has helped bring me into the modern age of competitive book covers. With her amazing imagination she has created a new cover for my novel, The Wind Weeps.

After reading the book, she said it had the same suspense as the movie Sleeping With the Enemy starring Julia Roberts. I was so pleased that she found it to be a page turner.

For the novel, The Wind Weeps, I had thought of book cover images with a stormy ocean,  a desperate young woman, perhaps a boat … but none of these images conveyed the terror that is also a part of this love story. Andrea’s husband brings her orchids. Perhaps orchids could feature in the cover? But the cover image can’t be too rosy (sorry for the pun). It is also a dark story – the kind of darkness that makes you want to turn the page, looking for the light.

In the end, I told Anita, “Just forget my ideas and see what you come up with.”

She really came through for me. I was shocked at first because it was so different from what I expected, but she has captured all the elements of the story. The delicate orchid, the tears dripping from it into a desolate ocean; love gone wrong. The red sky symbolizing (for me) pain and fear, and the dark, rough ocean symbolizing Andrea’s remote isolation and desperation.

Here is Anita B. Carroll’s amazing creation for The Wind Weeps. This novel is available at all amazon outlets, and at smashwords.com

WEB_WRAP_2If you are looking for someone to design and create your next book cover, why not give Anita B. Carroll a try?

Anita’s  contact information:

www.race-point.com

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18 thoughts on “Do you judge a book by its cover?

  1. I have read and really enjoyed The Wind Weeps. The new cover is intriguing and I would imagine a potential reader picking it up and having a serious look because the cover is sort of mysterious.

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  2. Awesome. Great job. I can’t figure out a cover for my novel. I have no idea what to do. But, I gotta move first before I dive deeper into the publishing world. Congratulations on the lovely cover.

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  3. This is a very attractive cover, Anneli.
    There are some books I won’t even pay attention to because of their covers. But this mostly has to do with genre. I’m not a fan of horror, for example, and so the cover will make me pass. However, I tend to pick up a book more because of the author’s name (ie. if I’ve read something by him or her) or good critics of the book rather than the cover. 🙂

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  4. That’s pretty much how I feel too (about horror – I’m a wimp). I was spurred to getting a new cover when I saw Vanessa Salazar’s book cover for Selima and the Merfolk. It was so eye-catching, it got me thinking how important a book cover is. Of course it’s also very important what’s inside the book, but if you can’t get someone to pick up the book, they’ll never know how good it is inside.

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