May 9, 2011

Gorgeous Covers - Upcoming titles

I'll admit.  I'm a sucker for covers.  When I go into a bookstore, what catches my eyes first is always a good cover.

Now that I work in publishing, I look past the covers a little bit more than I used to.  I pick up books I wouldn't have picked up before.  I spend more time reading the backs and the first pages than ever.  I know how many different factors are taken into account when designing a cover and why those factors sometimes don't align with my personal taste. So as someone in "the know," I try not to let covers cloud my judgement of a title.

But still...

A good cover can always suck me in.

Like these:

Poppy, October 2011

Dutton, June 2011

Both are not paranormal (yes, you heard that right!).

I'm reading Imaginary Girls now and WOW...this writing is *gorgeous*.  I hope to snag a copy of Bunheads as soon as ARCs are available.  And then I'll let you guys know what I think.

Because the only thing that catches my attention more than covers is a personal recommendation.

How about you guys?  What makes you pick up a book?


Emy Shin said...

I'm attracted to shiny things, so gorgeous covers are a sure way to make me give a book a look. However, nothing grabs my attention more than a compelling summary -- I'm excited for Marie Lu's LEGEND purely because of the summary.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I admit I still look at the pretty covered books before the others. It's a hard habit to break. But I know that doesn't always mean that the inside is just as gorgeous. I looked at a book once with a pretty cheap looking cover, not done well at all and inside the writing was fabulous.

These books look interesting. I would have never guessed that the BUNHEAD one was Paranormal. How fun. And what a funny title =)

Mariah Irvin said...

SO PRETTY *pets*

I like nice covers, but they don't persuade me to buy a book. I remember I bought "The Hunger Games" after it came out, without any recommendation, and that cover is pretty ugly.

Joanna said...

Kathryn--Bunheads is actually not paranormal, and it sounds pretty fabulous. I can't wait to read!

Petrea Burchard said...

These are gorgeous. I'd look if I saw them in the store. Good blurbs and good writing would make me buy.

I'm learning how important cover art is, and how targeted. Ever notice that every chick-lit cover is pastel, with at least one handbag and one high-heel?

Alyssia said...

Beautiful covers! Like the rest, I'm attracted to a pretty cover. I so hope all us newbies get a nice, shiny cover when we're finally published!

storyqueen said...

I am soooo drawn to covers. And I do judge books by them! It's like the first impression--you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Dying to read Bunheads!


Jessica Lei said...

SUPER weird, but I just found the photographer for IMAGINARY GIRLS:

So gorgeous!

Em-Musing said...

Yup,'s the cover art. I think all cover artists need a round of applause.

Anonymous said...

Just had this talk with my book club kids and yes yes the cover is really important. But, I did demo for them a book that doesn't have a super grab cover. I told one of the girls to read the back--needless to say there was an I want that "fight", lol. But yes, covers are so so important.

Anonymous said...

The words--first the title, then the first page. I'll admit, I love seeing book club picks at my local bookstore. I'll spend more time in that section than any other.