Okay, so this week I got the cover of Demon Heart sent to me, and I LOVE it! It is everything I hoped it would be, and more. But looking at it got me to thinking about the importance of cover art, and how directly great covers relate to great sales. The only rule of measure I have to go by is myself and my own book browsing, but I can tell you that if a cover doesn’t grab my attention right away, I’m not going to take the time to read the blurb, no matter how well-written.
Yes, I am that superficial…but I think most readers are. I remember a few months back when my sis was buying some e-books. I was sitting at her elbow and we were browsing the sights. Samhain. EC. Lyrical. And time and time again we would perk up and go ‘oooh, that looks like a good one!’ when a sexy cover caught our attention. We’d read the blurb then, and maybe…or maybe not….she would buy the book, but we did not even bother to check out the books with ‘boring’ covers. Which is sad, in a way, since I’m sure we missed out on many, many wonderful stories.
What is really sad is knowing that most (if not all) of the authors with lackluster covers had no control over the final look of their books.
So, I was just sitting here, sipping my coffee, wondering if you published gals (and guys) noticed the same thing. How are your sales in relation to book covers? Do the covers that rock generate more sales, or not? I betcha they do!