I have a confession to make. I look at books based on the cover first. Yep, I’m a sucker for a nice sexy body or a steamy scene that makes me say, whoa, I’ve got to know more! Heh. So to me, a cover is important, first and foremost. But… it’s not the only thing I look at in my buying decisions.
Secondly, I read the blurb. If the blurb matches the images on the cover and promises a good story, I often will buy the book – or, download the sample if I’m still not sure. If I read the sample and love it, I immediately hit the buy button!
This is how book buying is supposed to work! It’s what we’re all used to. In the old days, we’d go to the book store, browse a section and pick up an interesting looking book. Then, we’d study the cover before flipping it over to read the back cover blurb. If it sounded intriguing, we’d ruffle the pages and skim a bit here and there, see if anything caught our eye. Then, purchase in hand, we’d make our way to the counter.
Our buying decisions may have a taken a little bit longer than hitting the “buy button,” but it still works on the same principals. Cover. Blurb. Excerpt.
In the old days, the cover came directly from the book publisher. These days though, it can come from literally anywhere. Covers can be publisher-made, self-made, purchased from a third party, re-used, tweaked or even 3D. We are so all over the place with the new shiny aspects of covers that sometimes, it’s good to stop for a minute and take a breather. Inhale. Exhale, and look.
What I saw when I looked was this: the original cover for No Glass Between Them, a lesbian erotica story, had to go. Yes, I’d hobbled it together myself and with the help of friends. It had freshness and suited the story well, but … it was just lacking …something. It needed more …panache. In the interest of attracting more readers and urging them to take step #2 and read the blurb, I decided to get a new cover.
I shopped and I browed and I looked and of course, I’m always a day late buying a cover. Oh, yeah. It’s always “it just sold, sorry,” that I hear. I hesitate too long – I’m a Libra!! – and then the perfect one is gone. *sobs* Happens ALL THE TIME. But this time, I had a backup in the form of one super good graphic artist who helped make the new cover possible. Here it is:
Isn’t it delish? So much better than the old one, I think. And yes, the story IS about a stripper! This new cover fits the story and looks a bit more professional, yes? Do you agree? It is more pleasing to the eye, and would entice buyers to linger longer, no? But wait. There’s more.
After getting this hot new cover, I decided to go one more step. To make the story just as great as the cover. Keep in mind I first published the book in 2013, which meant I likely wrote it in 2012. It’s now 2015. My writing has changed. I’ve learned and grown (at least I like to THINK that’s the case! LOL). It was time to add the missing pieces to make the full buying experience better all the way around.
So that in the end…it’s not just about the cover after all!
Look for the new cover and book to hit virtual stores the end of March.
NoGlass Between Them (Sturdy Accountant series book #1)
Alyce visits Club Paradise every Friday night and watches her dream woman dance. The dark-haired beauty Contessa fuels her fantasies, but Alyce knows they’ll never meet in person. When a mysterious note requests her presence at a hotel, she’s shocked to find she’s come face-to-face with Contessa. With the glass between them no more, will Alyce give in to the temptation to make her dream a reality?
Warning: Contains *hot* butch-on-femme lovin’ and some smexy stripper dancing, may fog mirrors.
***Giveaway: I will make you a brand new copy of No Glass Between Them in any file format you’d like. Be the first – the only one – in the universe to have it! Comment to enter. Contest ends 3/22 at 11:59PM EDT. ***
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