• Gareth Williams

Deciding on a book cover

You have written your book. You have edited it. The words are as carefully crafted and checked as can be. The summary that goes on the back is written, as are your biographical details. You have a title for your book.

So what's left to do? Well, if you are like me, you need help. I am no artist, graphic or otherwise. I need help deciding on a cover for my book. Think about it, months writing, more months editing but all that will count for nothing if no one ever looks inside.

What makes you look at a book? Because it is written by an author you already know. Because you read a positive review. Because it was recommended by someone you trust. These are all common reasons. But how often have you just been drawn to pick up a book in a shop or click on a title in Amazon because the image spoke to you?

So here we are. Thinking about book covers. What makes a good one? Should it be intriguing? Should it suggest something about the story? Should it be attractive or shocking, a puzzle or a clue?

What appeals to the widest audience might seem the way to go. On the other hand, I don't want anyone buying my book on false pretences. But I do want them to at least consider it! If the cover makes them look, the summary should do the rest, one way or another. So, as long as it isn't misleading, then the cover just needs to grab attention, doesn't it?

Well, I'm going to find out in five minutes because I have a call with my cover designer. It will be the first time we have spoken. I have emailed a few outline ideas but I have no idea where this is going to go!

I'll let you know when I know more....


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