#BookCovers for #IndieAuthors: #Vote if you would on your favorite “look”

Let’s say Carol’s Book Reviews is published as a book (by Groundhog Press). Covers must be printable “in gray scale,” and what that entails, I’ve yet to find out. I originally tried to get a silhouette of BBC (The BustyBookCritic) with fingertip illuminated in the glow of the Kindle, but then you can’t see the Perihelion cover I’m reading. Showing the cover involved illuminating my face, which became a horror story–but thanks to Elena Giorgi, I now know that nobody under age 21 looks good in lighting from below.

 Can’t see “Fly Me to the Moon” on Kindle

Okay. Cast your vote, anyone, on what “look” draws you to a book. (It must vary from genre to genre. Oh well.) Proud Mom is tempted to use a 2008 drawing by daughter Claire as a high school freshman:


I have the artist’s permission to use of a partial view of William Wright’s “Fly Me to the Moon” as seen on the May 2015 Perihelion Science Fiction cover: 

Or, something along the lines of Mary Shelly visualizing her Frankenstein:


There’s the simple original artwork look: 

The {cute critter with a book} look:


The BBC (BustyBookCritic of Science Fiction) look: 

John McCormick’s photography would be awesome for any number of book covers if he sold his images via shutterstock. One of my favorites: John wrote: how about st john the baptist by da vinci, easy to paste a kindle in–but I don’t have any way to show that.

So…anyone have any opinions to share? What sort of covers draw YOU to a book?

About carolkean

novelist, reviewer, editor, book critic for Liberty Island and Perihelion Science Fiction; native prairie/guerilla gardener; champion of liberty, indie authors & underdogs; one of the top two reviewers in Editors &Preditors Poll 2015; Amazon Vine, NetGalley Top Reviewer
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1 Response to #BookCovers for #IndieAuthors: #Vote if you would on your favorite “look”

  1. EE Giorgi says:

    Claire’s drawing are gorgeous! But it all depends on the book and what you want to convey with the book cover …


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