Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Covers

So you're trying to sell a book. You're self-publishing. Are you paying for a cover or doing it yourself? Do you know how awful it is when you're trying to sell a book whose cover looks bad?

I've been seeing this a lot on Facebook recently. Really bad covers for self pubbed titles. And I don't know what to do because I want to tell the author how completely rubbish the cover is. You want to sell? It has to look good.

No offense Ms Woods but your cover is crap.

Lea made me this cover.

Which book is going to get you to click first?


  1. The guy on the first cover is malformed (IMHO). The guy on the second cover is hawt and!! there's a motorcycle!!

    What's not to love? CLICK!

    I need Lea to make me a cover, just 'cause. I'll worry about a story to go with it later, lol.

  2. You ladies are like my own rah rah squad. Don't worry, I won't make you wear the skimpy skirts. Unless you want to.


    LOL. Seriously, thanks much ♥ And Carolyn, happy to oblige. Any theme in particular or do you want me to wing it? I can do either lol.

    On another note, is it me or is Racheal spelt wrong. I would have gone with RachAEl not RachEAl. Or am I wrong?

  3. PS - Or Rachel... but anyway.

    And I see what you meant about the guy Carolyn - his nipple looks a little low. It's like when women get old and they sag, he has too and not in a good way.

  4. I'm having the worst time of it on Facebook because I'm seeing writers who seem like nice people hawking their self pubbed titles and they have shit covers. And I want to smack them and frog march them directly to Lea and say "She does your covers from now on!"

  5. I'm getting a little bored with Courtney Milan's covers too, all those women with brightly colored dresses no 19th century woman would have been caught dead in - yards and YARDS of material Don't care what the color is, they all look the same.

    That plus his abs, Lea. That deep ravine down the middle of his body is NOT normal. Even the huge 6-8 packs used on covers are NOT NORMAL unless he's working out for Mr. Universe.

    Drives me nuts!

    Lea, I have a pic and a title: Second and Goal. Now we need a story. :-D Oh, and the hero's nickname is Superman. (Thought you might like that...)

  6. Lori? **HUGS**

    Carolyn, you had me at Superman - *sigh* :D

    And story, schmory - just wing it lol. Send hte pic and I'll see what I can do.

    And I see what you mean about the ravine. the more I look at it, the more it looks like it is his back, as if he was flexing his chest and arms out in a body builder pose. Kinda creepy.

    And you're right - all the men on the covers look like they just stepped out of a catalogue or a supermodel convention. I'm a fan of a hot guy but a little flaw now and again can be a good thing. Hmm, I might go and search for some lol. Maybe a guy with an eye patch... (I've got a thing for Cap'n Hook bahahaha)