Regardless of the publishing method I ultimately choose for Unlikely Venture, one thing is certain. I need a cover. But not just “a cover” – the right cover, the one that will stop potential readers and cause them to click into my virtual world so they can determine if my story is worth their time and money.
So many romance novels have covers graced with half-naked swarthy tanned males with pecs that seem to ripple as you stare at them. Sometimes, they include the half-naked female counterpart as well, whose very perky boobs are usually popping out of her dress, ready to wave hello. Just as an interesting aside, very rarely, if at all, do you see a heroine by herself on a romance cover…?
Every book and article I’ve read on the subject stresses the fact that the cover is equally as important as “the blurb,” especially if a potential reader is purchasing an e-book. Of course, you can always sneak in some free sample content to gently nudge them toward a purchase. But really, readers need to be sold on the eye candy.
I don’t want to go against the grain here, but I’ve always preferred a different type of cover, one full of innuendo. I want to create the images of the characters as I read; I don’t want to be told what they look like. I prefer the use of inanimate objects over flesh to convey the mystery of what lays within the pages of a romance novel. I don’t need heaving breasts to tell me that there will be intimacy laced into the story. It’s a romance novel so I expect it!