On Saturday August 20th, I sat down and took part in a panel discussion for GoIndieNow. The subject was Book Covers, and there was a great group of folks on the discussion panel. Now I’m not shy about cover design, and it’s importance in selling a book, so this was a panel I really looked forward to. Everyone had different experiences, and came from different backgrounds, so it was not only interesting, but informative.
Note: This is a long discussion panel, so you may want to grab a drink before you start watching.
Why Is Cover Design Important?
While it is one element of the process, it is an important one.
It’s the first thing that catches your eyes. A good book cover can bring someone in and while it doesn’t tell whether the book is good or not, it is that first impression that an author should be seeking.
It also shows a level of professionalism and care that can be unmatched in even the writing. A good book cover can sell someone something they never knew about. A good book is what they will tell their friends about.
It surprising how much it is overlooked or sometimes overthought. So where do you find the balance? What are some of the key elements to a winning book cover? Join our panel as they discuss.
Joshua Robertson (Owner of Crimson Edge Publishing and Best Selling Author Of Melkorka, book 1 in The Kaelandur Series, and Author of the Thrice Nine Legends Saga)
Heidi Angell (Author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire.)
Rebekah Jonesy (Romance/Erotica Writer of 8 Romance novels including Melissa’s Men and Safely Begun)
Timothy Bateson (Author of Under A Hunter’s Moon and Expert Blogger of Ramblings of An Author)
Michael J Elliot (Author of Short Stories Collections Portrait of Dread and Choice Cuts and Book Cover Designer).
Jin Okubo (Romance Author of Love and Kaoru: In Loves Shadow and the Fantasy book Memories, and GoIndieNow Contributor)