What is it about a luscious book cover that makes us just want to dive in the middle of the book? I have been over this a million times in my mind, and still have no answer other than photos and art call to our creative side and we just have to respond.
This is something that a lot of newer books still have to learn. The artwork is the same thing as "you never get a second chance to make a first impression"- you know ? I just can't make myself pick up a book if the art is so-so. I think artwork as a whole is undergoing a revamping these days and I am not sure it is a good thing. I mean, so many covers are repetitive. I mean come on, if you have seen one couple in a clench, in a state of half-dressedness, you have seen them all, right?
So how many covers of guns, and blood drops, and police tape can someone stand when looking for a mystery? Exactly. So, we should be mindful of the need to have covers that say something about the book inside. Something that oozes the story, and makes that reader go "ahhh" and snatch it off the shelf (real or electronic!) if for no other reason than to find out what it is all about.
I must say, the Mb4 gang has some of the best art for their books. But I am probably biased.
Who has other good art? Y'all can tell us, we want to hear what made you pick up that book!