My friend, Dineen Miller, interviewed DiAnn Mills on her blog about DiAnn’s new release, When the Nile Runs Red. When I saw the cover for DiAnn’s new book, I LOVED it. It told me so much about the characters and what I could expect in the story. In fact, that cover inspired today’s blog post.
Okay, confession time–book covers are a deciding factor when I buy a book. I’m not so shallow to say the book’s cover is the only deciding factor. First, I’m drawn to the author. Is this a writer whom I can trust, whose books I’ve read in the past? Then, I go to the back cover and read the blurb it. If it catches my interest, I flip through the book to see if I like snatches of dialogue and the style of writing. Finally, I’ll check out the cover. I prefer covers with the characters’ pictures on them. It helps me create a mental image as I read their journeys. If there aren’t pictures of the characters, I look for something that ties the main thread of the novel.
One of my pet peeves (yes, there are several…) is reading about the characters in novels and picturing the heroine with short blond hair, only to have the cover show her with long reddish curls. I HATE THAT! Totally ruins the mental image for me.
Good thing covers aren’t the only deciding factor about the books I read and buy. There have been some terrific books I’ve read, but the covers are awful!! What was that art department thinking???