This week’s question is, “What on a book cover entices you to pick up and buy?”
There are certain authors whose names immediately draw my attention. If I see their names on a book and I have time to read, I’ll buy them even before I read the blurb. Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, Robyn Carr, and Rebecca Winters are four authors I’ve come to trust. These women really know how to tell a story! I’m also a huge fan of Donna Andrews and her cozy mysteries.
Aside from these favorite authors, I guess the first thing that catches my eye is the cover image. If that interests me I’ll read the back cover blurb. I look for something on the cover (either on the front or back) that tells me:
- The genre. If it’s a romance, I expect to see hearts and flowers, or a peaceful romantic scene. Something that shows me that there’s a happy ending. If it’s a suspense, I’d expect the cover to be dark and mysterious.
- It’s nice to know upfront if a story takes place in another country and/or another time period.
- Heat level. There was a time in my life when I wanted to read a lot of spice, and my young daughters would tease me about all the “red books” I’d bring home from the library. Now, I’m learning more toward the sweet romance, the kind I write. I don’t mind if there’s a little bit of spice, but I’d like a heads up if it’s more than a little spicy.
I’m not a big fan of people on covers, unless it’s biographical. If the book is well-written, I get a mental image of the characters. Nine times out of ten, my mental image doesn’t match what’s on the cover. And I’ve shied away from romance books that depict men who just don’t appeal to me, only to find that once I forgot about the image on the cover, I enjoyed the story immensely. So the wrong people on the cover can drive away your target readers.
So I guess what entices me to purchase a book (other than the names of my five favorite authors) is a combination of cover image and blurb that give me a clear idea of what to expect.
What about you?