by Sharon S., guest blogger
Authors ask this of fans all the time. Does the cover matter to you? I can say yes and no depending on where I am looking for a book.
When shopping in an actual book store, a great cover makes a BIG difference to me. I find a table top full of books. If the cover speaks to me I will pick it up and read the blurb on the back. If there is a clever title and the cover only whispers to me. I will pick it up. So I guess titles matter too. Her are some examples (keep in mind I love paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy)
I see this (Devil Without a Cause): OMG! Must read!
I see this (Distracting the Duchess): Not so much.
BUT, if I am browsing online blog review sites (like this one) looking for something new, then the cover doesn’t matter at all. That’s right! This is where indie authors get a level playing field in the cover department.
Most review sites give the blurb right next to the cover of the book. Since I don’t have to make my lazy ass self pick the book up and turn it over (like I do in a store) I will read the blurb without worrying about the cover.
Here are some indie covers that if I saw them in a store I probably wouldn’t pick them up, but I found them online and I know for a fact they are both fantastic reads... Shades of Gray and Caressed by Moonlight.
Bottom line, in a bookstore your cover will give you a *big advantage* with me. Online, it doesn't hurt, but I'm far less choosy.
There is a third scenario. If you are an author I already know and love then your cover could be a picture of doggie poo and I will still read it. I’m loyal like that <G>.
Are there times when a cover does or doesn’t matter to you?