One of the milestones for a debut author is the arrival of the book’s cover.
Last week I experienced that exciting event!
While a cover can undergo numerous changes before it’s considered final, there’s nothing quite like the first glimpse. More than any step in the process so far, seeing what my publisher has planned for my book’s front cover has made things seem “real.”
My publisher gave me a green light to share the cover comp they’d sent, so I posted a sneak peek for those who’ve “liked” my Facebook page: Keli Gwyn Readers Group.
I knew having a cover would make a difference, but I didn’t know just how big. No sooner had I shared the link than email notifications of comments left on the page poured in.
The following report from Facebook is proof that nothing generates as much interest as a cover, which is why publishers put so much effort into making them the best they can be.
I have a number of online friends. Sure, some of my 1,800+ Facebook “friends” could more accurately be called acquaintances, but we’ve formed a passing connection. Because of that I wasn’t too surprised when a smattering of my friends liked my page.
An interesting phenomenon took place when I posted the news about my cover, though. The number of likes jumped, as did the number of visits and comments. That didn’t surprise me. What did was the fact that some of the people who added my page to their list of likes aren’t my Facebook friends.
My reach is moving beyond my immediate circle of influence, which is amazing to me. After all, my book won’t hit the shelves for another seven months.
What has enlarged my reach?
I believe the best answer is that I have a cover. It’s attracting interest and drawing friends old and new who are eager to take a look, proving that covers count. 🙂
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How much does a cover affect your book-buying decisions?
What do you think are the most important elements of a cover?