Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Stone Traveler Book Cover!!!


Here it is...the cover of my new book, The Stone Traveler.

Isn't it fantastic?

I love the crystal-like stone right in the middle of the word, stone.

And the jaguar, purrrrfect!


So this leads me to the topic of today: book covers.

Does the author help with the cover? The answer is...no. But it also depends. If the author is a bestseller he/she might be able to request something for the cover, but from what I've experienced and from what I've heard from other authors, we have very little to do with the cover. It's turned over to the design department of the publishing house. What the writer can do is provide a plot and character synopsis for the art department, and also if possible, send in pictures that helped influence your story. But after that most generally the matter is taken out of the author's hands.

Does a cover help sell the book? Definitely. A cover can attract readers to the book and get them to pick it up, but the first few pages of the actual novel is what will make the sell.

Now it's your turn.

Do you have questions about book covers?

What do you think of my cover?

Would it make you pick up the novel?

36 comments:

  1. I LOVE the cover. It will definitely catch the eye and draw readers in.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  2. Yeah, the cover make me want to know a little more of what it is about-there are tantalizing clues with the ateroid and calendar stone (I have one hanging on my office wall-the calendar not an asteroid)

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  3. Great cover, Kathi! You have a right to be thrilled.

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  4. Mason, I'm glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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  5. David,
    Good, I'm glad it makes you wonder about the story inside.

    I hope all is going well with your book. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Heather,
    I'm glad you think it's great.

    You're new book is on my desk. Can't wait to get into it. Hope your book launch tomorrow night goes well. I'll be thinking about you. :0)

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  7. Love it! Very intriguing cover. I'm excited for you!

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  8. Jackie,
    I'm glad you "love" it!

    Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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  9. Eye-catching cover! Good job. Makes me want to pick it up and see what it's about.

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  10. WOW Kathi! I totally LOVE the cover! I would totally pick it up. =D

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  11. I love the cover! That one generates questions and intrigue from the first glance! Congratulations!

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  12. Joan,
    Cool! I'm glad it's eye-catching.

    Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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  13. Carolyn:
    I'm glad you like it. And please do pick it up. ;)

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  14. Laurie:

    I'm so glad it generates questions. The artist did a terrific job.

    Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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  15. I absolutely love your cover!! It makes me want to read your book right now!

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  16. I absolutely LOVE this cover! And yes, it would entice me to pick up the book to see what it's about. Congratulations on getting such a great cover.

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  17. Now that's a cover you can be proud of. It is very eye catching and very intriguing. I love it!!!

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  18. Awesome cover! Congratulations, Kathi!!!

    I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't judge a book by its cover! There are just too many wonderful stories out there trapped within lackluster covers. The title captures my interest first then I read the back cover blurb. But, yes, your cover is definitely eye-catching and I love the title! Can't wait to read it!

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  19. AMAZING cover! Can't wait till the book comes out.

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  20. Carol,
    Oh, I'm so glad you like it and that it would make you pick the book up.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Laura,
    That saying is true, your can't judge a book by it's cover.

    However, I must admit that certain covers entice me. And I'm thrilled with this one.

    I'm glad you like it!

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  22. Camille,

    I think it is amazing, too! The artist did a great job.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Michele:

    I know it stole my breath when I looked at it. The artist really captured the book.

    And your book comes out in July, too! We'll have to have a signing together.

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  24. Vicki,

    I'm so glad it makes you want to read the book right now. Please hold on to that thought. :0)

    The book will be in stores in the middle of July! Yipee!!!

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  25. Yes, the cover looks GRRRREAT! Will the book be available for pre-order? Looking forward to an exciting reading experience.May it be a Blessing to young and old(er) alike!

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  26. Matthew:
    Thank you! I'm glad you like it. I don't know if it will be available for pre-order. I've been so surprised that they bumped up the release date I hadn't thought to ask. I'll ask my editor.

    This book will be available on CD. I'm excited about that.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. I love this cover! I think covers make a big difference. It has to embody what the book is about and catch the reader. Usually if I see a good cover, I'll pick up the book and read the first page even if I'd never heard of it before.

    That's so exciting about your book. when does it come out?

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  28. Aubrie,
    I'm glad you like my cover. :0)

    I'm pretty excited!

    The book will be in Deseret Book and Seagull book stores by the middle of July.

    Because those stores aren't everywhere nationally, I'll have a link on my website.

    When does your next book come out? Your cover looks fantastic. I'd like to pick one up.

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  29. Beautiful cover, Kathi! It would definitely attract my attention.

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  30. Janie,
    Thanks! As you know having had two of your own books published, the cover isn't up to the author. I was very fortunate.

    It's so good to hear from you. Hope all is going well for you and your's. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. Your book not only sounds cool, but looks cool! I love hearing about how stuff in book land works. :)

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  32. Thanks, Kristina! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that others think the book sounds and looks cool. L0)

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  33. The book cover looks really cool! I am disappointed though that the book isn't coming out in June. Do you know the exact date of release yet?

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  34. Anonymous,
    This book has gone back and forth. In January they said June, in February they said August, then in May they bumped it up to July. I'm just thrilled that it will be published. The closest I can come to a day is the middle of July.

    Oh and stay tuned because I'm going to have a super-duper, fantastic contest that will take place the entire month of August for those who follow the book's blog tour. :0)

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  35. This cover is definitely one that would intrigue me enough to pick up the book and turn to the first page, after I've looked at the back and read the blurbs. I do this with every book I might be interested in.
    Ann

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  36. Ann,
    I'm glad you find the cover intriguing. Like you, I'm drawn in by the cover of a book and the blurb on the back, but what seals the deal is that opening page. Thanks for stopping by.

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