Novelist shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover – but their readers certainly will. It is probably one of the key areas. If what you have produced (e.g cover art) doesn’t look great on the outside, then people are going to be much less likely to take a peek inside. And my client, Anna Margareth really believe about that. As a book cover artist, I made this drawing specially for her fantasy book project based on the story, giving the look of fairytale-like with a little touch of mysterious world hidden outer space. This is a book preview of A Moonland Fairytale written by Anna Margareth from UK and illustrated by me. Read more about this project here.
As a novelist, making the reader desperate to know what happens is one of the key to become best-seller. There is no magic formula for making this happen. But novelist can give their selves a much better chance by making sure they get the important things. The most vital of this is the book description and the cover design. If your book description and the cover design don’t grab them and make them feel “the need- the need to read” then you’ve just lost a customer.
My client, a Germany novelist called Amanda really understands about the obvious processes of reason-the ways we organize and represent ideas we get into the book and she always believes that a cover, a description and all the story are a whole package as a life. It should come with the same sense, feeling and emotion as a one of a live show at the reader’s hand to create the need to read it. Every line of description at the back cover has to be compelling and move the story on. And the cover like a form of product packaging, the entire image is needed to identify the product, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image. Just like the book, in fact. Read more about this project here.
I am very happy with this novel by Ery Wardhana whose the cover made by me. Like a record sleeve, a book cover is a crucial element of the reading experience. It’s the first thing you see, and great cover can draw you in and persuade you. Judging a book by its cover is not all wrong, because I always ask the writers to give me a “wow” and “aha” moment of the story they wrote then illustrate it for their cover. As a book cover illustrator and designer, especially in fiction genre, I know I have a three-fold responsibility to the author, the publisher and the reader, the obvious one. Entice and tickle them, make them want to know more about what’s hidden on the pages are my responsibility. I really know that the pile of words came from the author’s soul, brain and heart and I consider my cover illustration is the blanket that wraps the author’s baby. It is the story, told in a blink.