I think I might need some help. Maybe I should found a new program, for those out there like myself, called "Book Cover Judger's Anonymous."
No, I'm not talking about people here. I'm talking about book covers.
Let's face it, we all are guilty of book cover judging. If we weren't, there'd be no industry involved in, specializing in, dealing with, marketing for.... BOOK COVER DESIGN.
I can tell you that while I know the age old saying about not judging a book by its cover rings home with me, regarding people and prejudices, I do find myself passing up books simply by the art on the outside. Is it terrible? Probably. Am I missing out on some incredible novels...? Probably. Can I change it about myself? Probably, but I enjoy the book covers of the novels I choose. Some, having detailed art of scenes from the book, help me connect with the story as I recall that glossy picture on the cover. Other's leave so much mystery that the art, or lack there of, helps build the intrigue surrounding the story within.
So, on to my questions.
1. If you are a published author, did you care about your book cover design? What influenced you to choose the cover you went with?
2. If you are an aspiring author, do you have any ideas for design? Are you a simplistic person, or do you want something that screams "oooh ooh pick me," on the front of your book?
3. And last, as readers, are you guilty of passing up a book simply because the cover just didn't do it for you?