Book Covers – Getting It Right

Of Dreams and Shadow, book coverIt’s been almost a year and a half since I published my first novel.  I love my cover.  The graphic designer worked up something that was not only beautiful but unique.  I loved how she incorporated the forget me not with the shadowy background.

The one thing I worried about was that the cover didn’t actually scream Young Adult.  Everything I had read about design discouraged having a person on the front cover (think Divergent, Twilight, and The Hunger Games) so, I chose to follow that advice.

Now – I’m not so sure.

I’ve recently had a new cover designed.  I think the designer did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the story.

ODAS200x300Before I decided to go through with the change, I asked multiple people which cover they preferred. Without fail, each person chose the new cover.   I don’t know whether it will help my book sales but I thought it was worth a try.

What about you?  Have you changed covers? If so – do you think it helped?

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7 comments

  1. When I saw the first cover of your book I thought it was beautiful, but then I scrolled down and saw the second one and it was even more stunning – definitely prefer the second one! I too have changed my book cover and it has definitely helped my sales. Whether we like it or not, book covers matter.

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  2. I love your new cover and I do think it reflects the feel of young adult. I have had a cover change and I did find my sales move up. People at fairs tended to pick it up more – it caught their eye. Good luck. Great book!

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  3. What I’ve read in several articles is that having a person on the cover will bring positive results. Particularly having a full view of the face connects with the reader on a subconscious and personal level.

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