We judge a book by its cover, don't we? Other common reasons to grab a book include the back cover blurb (appealing storyline), author reputation, and recommendations. What attracts you most about a cover? Splashy color, hunky characters, gorgeous settings, simplicity? It can be a hard choice. TIP: A good cover gives a general first impression of what the book is about/its genre, and entices readers by pulling them in to want to know more. The latter can mean a variety of things to different people.
The annual Best Book Cover Contest at www.newldsfiction runs through January 12. Karlene Wells Browning has made it easy to vote through her Pinterest site. You can see all the book covers in their categories and click the heart to vote your favorite picks. This is also a great way to define what you love about covers, get ideas--especially if you are considering designing your own, and see current trends in your genre.
I can't wait to see my own cover reveal for Secrets of the King's Daughter. I've made some suggestions, but don't really have a certain image in mind. The publisher's marketing team will work on it and present it to me for commenting. They put their best into cover design to attract potential buyers. I expect to love it. Now that the publishing date has been pushed back to January 2016, I'm sure I will have to wait a while longer to see the results. Guess I'll go drool over my favorites on Pinterest.