1. I love the Spirits of London cover! It’s just lovely. I find I’m more likely to buy books with pretty covers just because. Haha. And sadly, I’ve avoided books for having covers I didn’t like… I passed over reading RA Salvatore’s Drizzt series for years because I hated the covers. They were 80s style fantasy :/ A friend got me to read them and I am in love with the series. I adore the new artwork for them too! Finally, good artwork!

  2. I love Robs books. He’s also a lovely person too. I have to admit that covers are often the first thing that puts me off reading a book. I do read the synopsis and if it’s a physical book a page inside first before making my mind up.

    Some books I’ve read have been superb but they’ve had shockingly bad covers. I did once suggest to an author who was struggling selling his book which I gave five stars to change his cover. He did and he started getting more sales, he wrote to say thank you for the advice.

    There’s a book recently that someone asked if I’d review and the synopsis sounded good, a real thriller, exciting plot with plenty of drama. Their cover though looks like a chick lit book, all pastel colours and flowers on it and a drawing of a woman in a floaty dress running on the front. I actually turned the book down in the end because if the cover was anything to go by the plot was going to be watered down and not the thriller plot I would be expecting.

  3. Im a sucker for pretty covers. That’s how Tahereh Mafi catch my attention on her Shatter me series. Those eyes in the cover made me fall in love. Great article by the way.

  4. I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover. One of the biggest things I want to see in a cover is that it actually reflects the book inside. I’ve seen some covers that are absolutely gorgeous and when I went to read the book, they had nothing to do with the story itself!

    Great guest post 🙂

  5. What a fascinating post! I’m always interested in cover design since I’m a graphic designer. I think beauty is a real draw to at least checking to see what a book is about. The target audience though is of course supreme, cause you want them to actually read it too and not just buy it!

  6. I love learning how this is done. I try not to judge books by their covers. However, there are really some covers that do not appeal to me and I have to make myself read the blurb a bit mor.

  7. This is awesome!! I try not to judge books by their covers. So many times, I’ve HATED a cover, but LOVED the book! I am always going to be a sucker for a book that has a great cover design though! 🙂 My biggest irks are when they put the book club icon on the cover. Not just the sticker, when it’s actually printed in the cover design. I also can’t stand when quotes from reviews for the authors OTHER books on the back. Like, I want to learn about THIS book, not the others yet.

    • Good points, Erica! Re previous book review quotes… the problem is, as I’m sure you know, that book covers are needed well in advance of publication to begin pre-selling the book, especially online. So often previous book quotes are all that is available! This applies to trad as well as indie publishing. Occasionally you can be lucky enough to get an advance review from the proofs – as I did for my latest novel for kids, The Coming of the Spirits. But front covers in particular can have been designed before the finished text proof is even approved! The important thing is to make it clear which book is being referred to. Rob 🙂 http://www.robkeeley.co.uk

  8. Thanks for the wonderful post. I’m known for buying books because of pretty covers. But I’m also drawn to simple ones. The one thing I find most important is that the cover design does, even in a small way. tell something about the the story inside.

  9. The cover is the first thing that catches my attention when I searching for books, especially if I am not familiar with the author.


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