Nearly every publisher, author, editor, graphic designer, marketer, etc etc I’ve ever stopped to read the blog of has at one point or another stressed the importance of an engaging cover.
However, skeptic that I am, I didn’t put a lot of stock into it. I mean, come on, it’s a digital book. You don’t get to put it on your library shelf and pull it out to admire it from time to time. It’s just a little thumbnail picture on a computer screen you get to look at and click on to make larger, nothing more, right?
Some people (very smart people, I might add) will have a cover in mind, or even designed long before their book is ever released, and some before its even written. I am not so bright in that regard. I hadn’t settled on a cover until about two days before my book came out. (I supposed that’s a plus about the digital age, covers can be created and changed in a matter of minutes.) I spent literally three whole days searching for the perfect picture and when I saw it, I knew. I knew there couldn’t be a better picture out there for my book.
And apparently I was right. I’ve had 2-3 e-mails daily from readers about how they loved the cover.
So yes, even in the digital age when all we see of the cover is a little graphic on a computer screen, they still make a big difference. As for the cover itself…
And there it is. Swanky, eh? 😉