Love it or hate it, we all occasionally judge books by their covers. A great cover can cause me to click through and read a blurb I otherwise wouldn’t, while a terrible cover will most likely make me chuckle and move on.
And while I don’t care about bad covers for my favorite authors (because they’re already my favorites), new authors don’t always get that grace.
Now I’m a new author. I need to tempt people into checking out the blurb and giving me a shot, which means I need a decent cover.
I started thinking about a cover for The Queen’s Gambit today, and after looking at stock photos until my brain is broken, I am turning to you all for help.
What do you love/hate on book covers? Do you care about covers for authors you’ve never heard of? What would you like to see on the cover of The Queen’s Gambit?
Personally, I’d love to see Samara on the cover in clothing that resembles something she’d actually wear. Based on the stock photos I’ve seen, this will be harder than it seems. I’ve seen far more women in metal bikinis than I ever needed to. ?
And yes, I’m thinking about book covers at 7:45 on a Friday night. Behold my glamorous author lifestyle. :)