While you give some very good advice
cheaplitaturesmith, a romance novel ALWAYS has people
on the cover. ALWAYS. I have never seen a romance
novel that hasn't.
Indie publish romance novels ALWAYS have people on the covert - ALWAYS.
And it's ALWAYS WRONG for the reason that I stated in the article.
Off the top of my head one of the biggest selling Romance novels of late was that David Nicolls book - One Day. I seem to remember it didn't have people on the cover. It was simply typeset from what I can remember. Something bold and colourful.
But there again that Mills and Boon stuff ALWAYS has that nasty painted couple thing on there. Utterly dated. Utterly cheap looking. If that's the mood you're going for then fair enough. But even stuff like Jilly Copper or Jackie Collins have covers that sets the mood.
Personally if I were to do a cover for a romance novel I would still us a mood setting type thing and NEVER insult the reader's imagination. Hand-holding maybe if you wanted to be clichéd. But better, a motif from the story itself that set the mood. For example the 35 Shades of Grey book has a tie on there. It stands out against other books. It's an iconic cover. And that's what it's about - standing out. Not looking like EVERYTHING else.
Just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right. It just means there are a lot of people that are NOT designers making their own covers that have LITTLE imagination - or at least in a design sense. They might be fantastic writers but they're not designers.
A cover should employ the three M's - Mood, Motif, Metaphor. And as I stated before should ALWAYS stand out. When a potential reader is looking at pictures of couples to decide if they want to read your book. What is it? Is it a competition to see which couple are the prettiest, most handsome, the one's they want to go on a date with the most? Is that what the readers should select a book on? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
That isn't even the half of it. JR ward and Kresly Cole have been doing this since I was a teen and all of the above make more money in a day than any of us on forum will make in the next year.
Sorry, I just don't agree with you. I read romance. I should know what is on the cover of the books I read.
That isn't even the half of it. JR ward and Kresly
Cole have been doing this since I was a teen and all
of the above make more money in a day than any of us
on forum will make in the next year.
Sorry, I just don't agree with you. I read romance. I
should know what is on the cover of the books I read.
Just because people do it doesn't mean it's right. As a reader what gives you the right to 'know' how covers should be designed. You're not a designer. That's like saying that you defecate in a toilet so you should know how to plumb one in in.
Good design is about something standing out from the crowd - not looking all the same - but if you buy books because they have something comfortable on the cover - i.e. a style of image - then I'll leave you to continue purchasing the same sort of ill thought out stuff.
In a word - clichéd cover = clichéd content = clichéd experience.
But I am sure if the same story over and over again then Mr. Right will eventually come along.