Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gotcha Covered

Q: What makes a great cover? 
A: I don't know, but I'll know it when I see it!

This pic has some of the books that came across my Goodreads feed this week. I usually get 500+ recommendations from friends reading lists every week. There is no way I can look at all of them, so I do what most readers do--check out the cover. These covers did their job and made me go to Amazon and look them up to see if I wanted to buy them!

Here are some of the thoughts I've been kicking around about what makes a great cover:

Draws attention and generates excitement, holds the eye

Represents the genre

Blends all elements to create the right tone and balance


Portrays life and/or movement

Is  uncluttered—Less is more (blank space is good)

1 comment:

Kaye P. Clark said...

So true! "I'll know it when I see it." I prefer a cover with a person or a couple on the cover, probably because it portrays "life and/or movement." Good post!