Today I’m blogging about book covers and we all need to agree that cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of stories and branding in the book industry. Just like any other business-yes, it is a business-the quality of your product-in this case, books- does matter. I can spot a homemade book cover a mile away and so many self-publishing authors produce their own covers and then wonder why their books aren’t selling. Is the book not selling because of the cover alone? Maybe not entirely but it plays a big factor in sales. Two major rules I have for indie authors: 1. Do not skimp on hiring a professional editor. 2. Do not skimp on hiring a professional cover designer. Follow these two rules before hitting that publish button and your brand has a chance in the arena of publishing. Okay, I need to add a third rule: Pre-Book launch promotions are vital!
I’m featuring cover designer Jenny Q with Historical Fiction Book Covers and I would like to say that her covers of late have especially caught my eye. So much so that last week I featured one of her cover designs in my weekly cover crush series I conduct with other fellow book bloggers.
Do check out more of her work by visiting her website HERE.
Next week I will be blogging about marketing and creating a budget for the promotion of your book even in the writing stages of your first draft.
Stephanie M. Hopkins
Jenny’s latest cover design:
Falling in love is never easy, especially when a deadly volcano awakens beneath your city, threatening everything you hold dear.
Aurora Fortunas is an aspiring physician living in the celebrated city of Pompeii. Scholarly, proud, and devoted to family, she has refused every suitor for fear that a domineering man will crush her independence. When an earthquake strikes, bringing her on a collision course with a handsome stranger, she finds him old-fashioned, imperious, and utterly captivating.
Evander Mercurius is worldly, strong, and fearless. His belief that a woman should know her place and a man should always have the final word is challenged when he meets the beautiful and fiery Aurora. Tasked by his father to secure his family’s business ties to the new emperor of Rome, he finds himself forced to choose between the love of the beautiful healer and the temptation of political gain.
As Mount Vesuvius roars to life, shaking the city to its foundation, Aurora’s healing skills and Evander’s loyalties are put to the test. As the mountain’s wrath rains down upon them, can they learn to compromise, find their inner strength, and save their newfound love before it’s too late?