I found myself thinking about book covers yesterday afternoon, as I visualised my unpublished books on the shelf of a book shop. 🙂
Whispering Caves isn’t finished yet, but I have always had an image in my mind that I associate with the cover. However, Cat’s Eyes is finished and because of that, I concentrated on that cover more.
Later in the evening, out of boredom, I opened Photoshop and tried to put my thoughts into an image. It was difficult! When I went to bed several hours later, I had a cover that appealed to me, but there’s the big problem…
…I’m a lot older than the intended audience.
This morning, I left my warm bed and decided to research the covers of children’s books and I found From A Childs View: 30+ Creative Children’s Book Covers.
To me, some of the covers shown in the post look old fashioned (and perhaps they are). The ones that appeal to my young heart are the ones with vibrant colours. They stand out from the rest. They scream “READ ME” and isn’t that what every author wants?
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but remember when preparing one that just about all readers do, so investing time into a brilliant cover is worth the effort.