I recently retired the printed versions of both my novels because of my increasing unhappiness with the overall product. It hadn’t been a quick or easy decision to make. I was otherwise happy with the distributor. I’d also spent countless hours learning how to design full covers (front, back and spine) and how to set up the interiors using their online templates and instructions—tools that kept a not-so-fun process from becoming an insurmountable task. Their customer service had always been quick and courteous, and their shipping reliable. The distributor had it all … except for a decent product.
That I’m in the process of entering published contests, many of which require printed books, didn’t ease my worry about the untimeliness of switching to another distributor. The transfer process is a lengthy one, which means I may not have books available in time to meet those contest deadlines. But I think I’d rather not make a deadline than turn in books that have crooked covers, faded colors, and/or toner splotches mixed with the print.
Covers are a big deal to me. Not just mine, but all covers. Covers are the first impression our books make on potential readers, and those first impressions count, especially at a time when readers have more books than ever to choose from.
I love a good cover and can name several off the top of my head that I loved so much I bought the books before I even read the blurbs. Since I read so many genres, I’ll stick with my own YA genre to list a few of my favorites:
- Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Chain Reaction, all by Simone Elkles
- Going Too Far, Love Story, Forget You, all by Jennifer Echols
- Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess, all by Cassandra Clare
- Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, all by Katie McGarry
I’m seeing a pattern here. Lots of pretty couples, or at least an interesting character. I love bright colors, but it’s obvious from this list that I’m often attracted to covers with a darker tone.
I’m also giving away a Kindle version of my book, INNOCENT, to one commenter who includes an email with their comment.
Writer of edgy, upper YA romance and dark YA paranormal.