The phrase “do not judge a book by it’s cover” is a common expression. The meaning behind the phrase is pretty easy to decipher. You should never make a judgement about something’s value based solely on it’s appearance. That having been said…
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is also a very powerful and and accurate statement so, which is it?
An argument could be made for either side quite successfully.
It is my wish that as a writer I could have been gifted with the talent of an artist but the unfortunate truth is that I am not that lucky.
What does the writer do when he is pouring his heart and soul onto the page yet he/she is limited when it comes to a visual interpretation of his/her work.
Do you need a fancy cover to draw an audience into your story? Will A photo with an impressive font be sufficient?
The best path for you may be determined by the type of book you’ve written, the audience your trying to reach and the medium you are using to distribute your material.
An e=book for example is going to be downloaded therefore the cover will be visible upon purchase and whenever a person opens their virtual library but they will not display it. This does not diminish the importance but it must be taken into account that a person who downloads books as opposed to someone who purchases the hard copy chooses what they read based more on a review or a recommendation rather than relying on the cover itself.
A person who is purchasing a non-fiction book whether via the internet or at a book retailer may prefer a picture. Books written by celebrities for example are picked up off the shelf because of the individuals notoriety and familiarity. A head shot or dramatic pose will usually do the trick. This photograph is most definitely the first impression.
A writer could pay handsomely for the publisher to attach artwork since the process of interpreting, developing and manufacturing artwork that satisfies the writer’s vision is time consuming and not always simple. Many publishing venues offer this service however, which can ease your mind when it comes to finishing your work. If one place can offer a one stop shopping experience why not? You may get a break as opposed to hiring an artist separately.
There are artist that are expressing themselves in very visible formats. You might try connecting to artist through different venues like Etsy , Redbubble or Design by humans. These sights offer artists of various skill sets a forum to sell their work. This might interest you if you feel you need more complete control over your vision.
Whatever you decide, you can be sure that your writing will not be more or less enjoyable by the cover you choose. The words will stand on their own when it comes to developing and keeping an audience or a following. Your account of an experience or your storytelling skills are what will define you but the cover…
the cover might be what gets you that audience in the first place.
See you on the path.
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