Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Museum of Art.

Cover art. It's job is to draw you in just like the title.  Both of these items are very important when writing a book. I have never thought of what mine would look like.  I don't have a clue where to even begin.  My first priority is to finish my manuscript, but I can say the thought has crossed my mind.

Most of the books that I have read, I read out of recommendation so the cover art was not the main reason for me picking it up.

But I have to say good cover art doesn't hurt either.

For example: hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Yes, I talk about this book a lot because I like it. The book was recommended to me but the cover art, well, that would have sold me too.
Really, just the cover would have sold me. I know shallow.

Now, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I picked this book up on a recommendation because to be quite honest the cover art didn't sell me-- the story did. So far the book is awesome and I'm sure I will not be disappointed.

Questions of the day.
What books sold you on just the cover art?
Have you been sold by the cover art of a book and were disappointed with the story in the end?

Other books to check out!!!

Get on over to Alex J. Cavanugh's blog to congratulate him on his new cover art for his new book release, Cassastar (to be released this fall).  I can't wait to read this. Cover looks great, Alex.

Check out Jody Hedlund's book, The Preacher's Bride, to be released October 1, 2010.  Great cover, Jody and I can't wait to read it!

Check out Michelle Gregory's book, Eldala. I'm reading this one right now and it's great!!! Please keep a watch on my blog, I will be interviewing Michelle real soon.

Check out Amy Holder's book, Lipstick Laws.  To be released 2011.  She is also having a contest.

Check out Stephan Tremp's book, Breakthrough.  It's out now...go and check it out. 

Check out Lisa and Laura's book, Liar Society. To be released Spring 2011. You know it will be good.

Check out Kristi Chestnutt's book, The Wolf Within.  You know I'm getting it. Out now.

Check out Karen G's books, Farm Girl (out now) and Uncut Diamonds (out now).  Yes, I will get them.

Check out Michelle Scott's book, The Dragons of Hazlett (out now). Yes, I'm getting this one too.

If I missed anyone, I'm sorry.  My kids are jumping up and down trying to get my attention. If you have a book out or one soon to be released, please highlight it in the comments below.  I don't mean not to include you.

Fantastic news!!!
***Get over to Talli Roland's blog and congratulate her--she is going to be published!!!!!

O.k. I have to go get Edward to change me into a vampire because I'm going to need more time in my day and as you know Edward doesn't sleep. I have a lot of books to read. 

I have to get to my kids and revisions.  Go to Beta Club today --open critique. I also can't remember if I said thanks to Roni for the Sugar Doll Award she gave me a month ago.  Thanks Roni!

Whew! Have a great day!


  1. Cover art doesn't normally sell me. The blurp does. And the authors name on the front. I do appreciate good cover art, though.

    And, after Edwards done with you...send him over to me. Thanks!


  2. I am definitely one of those who judges a book by the cover, and that's the one thing I don't like about reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The covers are always so ridiculous and racy, I feel a bit embarrassed reading them in public. Of course, now that I have my Kindle, no one knows! Muwhaha!

    Great blogroll-call!

  3. I love looking at cover art! I'd have to say that it gets my attention initially, and gets me to open the book and read the first page. But if the first page doesn't get me interested, then I won't go on cover art alone.

    I love Catherine Asaro's cover art, beautiful fantasy pictures.

  4. I love, love, love cover art! (hard to believe I know!) And like you the art for Hush, Hush sold me. I kept looking at it for like a week then just bought it. I like it too :)

    I have only been disapointed by one book that had a stunning cover and was just an ok book. But I won't say what it is (unless you want to email me) because I don't want to be rude.

    And I'm with Summer too, racy covers really turn me off and make me want to cover the book in brown paper like I did with my jr. high text books!

  5. Oh, thank you so much for the shout-out! :) I can't wait to see my cover and share it with everyone!

    Hm, covers. I love the covers of 'Fairytale of New York' and 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

  6. I read books just for the cover, but they do help draw me in. Someone told my my story reminds them of an Arthur Rackhman painting and I love that - so that's the kind of cover I would like on my book.

  7. ;m a sucker for a good cover! These are great ones.

  8. I really don't pay much attention to the cover art. I'm sold on the blurbs on the back or in the front flap. Strange, considering I'm quite a visual person.

  9. It's the art and the title for me. If it doesn't have a snappy title and alluring art, it would have to be recommended for me to want to read it. I agree with you. It's huge.

    I've thought a lot about what I want on my book and I hope I get my way, but you know how publishers are. We'll see who wins. Maybe we both will.

  10. Cover art is extremely important to me. I loved Hush, Hush's cover. And you're right about THG. It's not the greatest cover. I like a lot of the covers that are going to be coming out soon. The DUFF and Like Mandarin come to mind.

  11. Cover art definitely dictates which books I pick up in the bookstore when I'm searching for my next random purchase.

    Thanks for this great list of bloggers with books out. I've been meaning to compile just such a list to keep with me when I have the opportunity to pick one or two up :))

    Have a fab day!

  12. Hey, thanks for the mention! I'm really stoked about the cover.
    And I confess - I'm a visual kind of guy. The cover art pulls me in first. The synopsis hooks me. I really don't think too much about the title, although I will note the author's name.

  13. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and the Truth Tellers Tale by Sharon Shinn. I'm always talking about them but if you saw the cover art you'd be sold too, they are both interesting covers that have you intrigued from the beginning!

  14. I've been quite disappointed in books with appealing cover art. Too many to mention here.

    I know what I want the cover of my book to look like but probably, if it ever gets published, the art department will do something totally different.

    Did you know Michelle Gregory's mom did the painting that is the cover of Eldala?

  15. A good cover always helps. There's something about the right colors that invite the reader to pick up the book. Then the title takes over. When the reader opens the book and samples that first sentence...that's where the sell happens. Anyway, that's what does it for me.

  16. I love fantastic cover art! It's also a plus if the book feels good too. A smooth book with nice art AND an amazing story = perfect. :)

  17. Cover art will sell me every time. It took me FOREVER to read THG because I didn't love the cover.

    And thank you so much for the LIAR SOCIETY shout out! That totally made my day!