THE RIGHT COVER CAN MAKE OR BREAK A BOOK’S SUCCESS
Shopping for a book is like shopping for clothes. You immediately bypass the ones that look hideous, and go for the ones that are really cool or totally adorable. So much goes into the making of a cover for a book. It has to be eye catching to make a potential buyer stop to take a second look. Then the design and colors must reflect the right tone as in mysterious for a mystery, romantic for a romance, adventurous for an action adventure, scary for a horror, etc. The last thing a reader wants to do is buy a book that looks suspenseful only to start reading it and find out it’s a romantic comedy, etc. Finally the title and tagline should make sense and hint at what the book’s about.
When I first saw the cover for FUSED, I was pleased. They had chosen a girl who was adorable, and the expression on her face looked like she was up to something, but you had to read on to find out what. I loved her homemade superhero costume because that is exactly what she has to do in the book. Only, originally the colors on her costume were red and yellow, so I asked if they could change them to pink and purple. They did, and I thought it worked out perfectly. I loved the blue and white lights glowing behind her because they look sort of like the aftermath of an explosion or something like after the meteor crashes to earth. I like the title The Samantha Granger Experiment because it makes you wonder just what kind of experiment is going on and makes you think of scientists and labs which is a big part of book one. And the name FUSED is perfect because that’s exactly what happens after Samantha touches the meteorite…she becomes fused to her cell phone.
What the average person doesn’t realize is that authors often don’t have any control over what their cover is going to be. I got lucky and was allowed to give my input on the colors, the title, and I even got to write the taglines. I thought it was both cool and mysterious to give the word, the definition, and then leave a hanging tag that made you want to turn the book over to try to understand what it meant. All in all I think I got lucky with the cover for both this series and my adult mystery series that comes out in August called TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery. So check out both my covers and let me know what you think. I love to hear from my readers. You can find out more about me and my books at www.karileetownsend.com
Read my review of Fused here
The next book in the series, Fearless, is being published in the US in June 2011.