Deciding on cover art is a nerve-wracking process for authors. How do you capture 80K, 50K or even 20K words in a single image? Will the image engage readers’ attention? Will it inspire them to pick up the book or click through on Amazon for more information?
According to The Book Designer, fiction book covers have a variety of goals, including:
- Convey genre (i.e. historical, contemporary, suspense)
- Establish tone (i.e. gritty, flirty, humorous)
- Generate excitement
Kim Killion of The Killion Group designs the cover for both of my romantic suspense series, The Code Breakers and Grayce Walters. I had the opportunity to meet Harvey Stables, one of Kim’s most popular cover models at a local conference.