Saturday, December 15, 2012

I have People Guest Post

Contemporary Romance Title: I Have People 

Author: Taylor Dean 
Date Published: 9/20/2012

Missing any memories? Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right? That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM.

Author Bio:
 Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

Why Book Covers Are So Important

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Rarely do the oft repeated words of wisdom actually apply to books. Yet, when it comes to books . . . we all do it! Of course we do! It’s our first glance, our first impression, our first inkling of what’s on the inside. Your book cover needs to reach out and grab the reader’s attention. This is especially important in the digital age. More often than not, all readers will see is the small little thumbnail image of your cover as they search online for a good book. Your cover needs to say, “Hey, read me!” If it doesn't, then you’d better re-think it. The effort will be worth your time.

I experienced extreme COVER ANGST over my covers. 

At the time, I already had my book covers chosen and I was pleased with them. However, they were . . . boring and I knew it! I sent out an email asking my closest friends and family their advice. Which covers did they like the best? The old or the new? Would the covers make them want to read the books?

To my surprise, the answers were divided. Some loved the old covers because they spoke more to the content of the books. Some felt the new covers were a bit juvenile and they wouldn’t be sure of the genre. Some LOVED the new covers and said they would buy the books just because of the fantastic covers. One friend even told me she’d frame and hang up some of the images in her home—but, she wasn't sure if they were book cover material.

All interesting and accurate observations.

The ball was back in my court. It was my choice. I suddenly realized that EVERYONE I asked was going to have a different opinion. I went with my gut instinct.

I chose the new covers. I felt they were eye-pleasing. The images spoke to me when I stumbled across them. I LOVED them immediately. Also, I write clean romance. If the ‘animated’ covers made my books look different, then I felt it was a good thing. They are different.

What’s happened since? Same thing! Some LOVE my covers, others don’t. I guess I should’ve seen that coming!

Whatever you choose, be sure your book cover looks professional. It could be the difference between sales and no sales!

1 comment:

Taylor Dean said...

Thanks so much for featuring I Have People on your blog today, Jen and Juls!