I don’t know about you, but if I pick up a new book from an unknown author, chances are it’s because of the cover. I always hold my breath right when I hear that my cover is done, dreading what I’ll see when I open my email. I’ve been tremendously lucky with my covers. I’ve known of other authors who are not so lucky. A bad cover can break a book. It doesn’t matter how beautifully written the pages are if the cover is repulsive. I’m sure you’ve seen those covers out there, right? The ones you inwardly cringe when you see a god-awful looking picture on the front. The horror of it if the hero looks like the Hulk on acid.
There’s several sites out on the net focusing on book covers, and others where you get a chance to vote for your worse cover. Cover Cafe has their annual contest and the results for 2007 should be up soon. There is also Romance Book Covers, which has a huge library of cover art.
I stumbled on one I particularly liked. Check out Shiela Stewart’s Book Cover Lover’s Blog. Kathryne Kennedy has two of her covers up. Both of which are beautiful, and Sheila’s are also sexy and romantic.
What do you think?