How many people do it? *Raising hand* I admit I do-to a certain point. There are some books that I won’t pick up because of their cover. I don’t know if I should mention those types because I don’t want to offend anyone.
I’m not saying that the covers aren’t well done, I just don’t like the style. In fact, I’m more likely to pick up a book that has a cover that might not be done extremely well then one that is professionally made but in a style I don’t like.
The reason why I’m bringing this up is because I’m in the middle of designing my own cover for an upcoming release and I got to admit it’s driving me a little bit crazy. I designed covers for Finally Home and That Kind of Magic, and I’m content with them though they’re a similar style. For my next book I wanted something different. Something a little more challenging.
Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford to get a professional cover (unless I get good at making my own), but until then I’ll bang my head over Paintshop Pro until I come up with a cover I’m proud of.
So, what do you think? Do you judge a book by its cover? Do you bypass a book if you don’t like the cover? What DO you like in a cover? Good looking models? Pretty scenery? Bold colors or something subtle? Cartoon characters?