All about covers—or not says Raven McAllan @RavenMcAllan

Hi all,

(Even if it is two of you your dog and a glass of wine, you’re still very welcome.)

I’m posing the question—

Are cover’s important?

Why am I asking, you say? (Well I hope you do, because I’m explaining.)

I’m asking because I have a book up for pre order on Amazon with no cover.

There’s a big empty space where the cover should be, with the words ‘image not available’.

My publisher doesn’t seem to think it matters, they’ve put the blurb up (which, yee-haa I didn’t have to write and I think it is fab) and yes it is selling—sort of.

But, how much better would it do with something to look at and latch on to?

Is it the cover that encourages you to look at the book more closely? To perhaps read the blurb or the excerpt and then (or not) press ‘buy’?

Or do you see the author’s name and think oh yes, she/he’s got a new book coming out lets go check it? Or even better just one click or whatever anyway?

I like covers. I think they tell a story in their own right. They can tease and tantalize and make you wonder…ohh what’s that all about…

Which brings me to the other part of my pondering.

What sort of cover?

Do you like it to be very relevant, show what the book is all about, or are you happy with a cover that’s say, more abstract?

A while back I had a Regency book out with a rose on the cover. Nothing to hint where the book was set, or really what it was about. I loved the cover, but the book suffered because, as a reader told me, it gave no clues. For all she knew it could have been about gardening or outer space.

That made me think. Just how important is the cover?

And is it worth putting a book up for pre order without a cover?

Happy reading, (with or without a cover)

love, R x

oh and if you’re wondering—or even if you’re not—this is the blurb

The Scandalous Proposal of Lord Bennett (Out 9th September available at Amazon and Kobo for preorder now

To have and to hold?

Reluctant debutante Lady Clarissa Macpherson has never forgotten the forbidden kiss she shared with notorious rake, Lord Theodore ‘Ben’ Bennett, all those years ago. Even now, he’s the one man who sets Clarissa’s pulse racing and her skin tingling – no matter how hard she tries to ignore it!Yet, when Ben rescues her from the unwanted advances of a drunken Lord at a society ball, she finds herself in a most scandalous predicament – engaged, to the most eligible bachelor in London!

Wedded? It appears so, but bedded? Clarissa demands more from her marriage than simply surrendering to her new husband’s sexual desires, especially when she realises she’s falling deeper in love with him every single day. Ben must prove that she’s the only woman for him – and surrender his heart!

Yet resisting her new husband’s delicious seduction may prove the hardest thing Clarissa has ever done…


(well I had to do a wee bitty pimping)

3 Responses to All about covers—or not says Raven McAllan @RavenMcAllan

  1. Alison Greig

    I am not a big cover whore. If I know an author I like to read has a pre order I will one click anyway. I know people who will even order a paperback just because a certain model is on the cover then complain because the story was rubbish . .read the blurb!!

    I read mainly on my paperwhite so covers are not the best on there anyway and just help when I switch on and decide which book to continue reading.

  2. Well, I do like a good cover, and it will draw my attention, especially with new to me authors. Having said that, it can be the most awesome cover ever, if the blurb and excerpt don’t grab me, I won’t be buying it.

    Those two are the deciding factor for me in the end. As for pre-order without cover. If it’s an author I know and love, it’s a no brainer, I’ll one click. A new to me author? I doubt it would grab my attention tbh.

  3. Raven McAllen

    I’m now at the what if I hate the cover stage…