It’s said that, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’. Yet most of us do just that on a regular basis. Literally.
You know it’s true. It could be the best book in the world. But if the cover doesn’t grab you, chances are you won’t even bother learning what the story is about. It might not be fair. But there it is.
Even in this digital age, a book’s ‘cover’ is still an essential part of the package. As the first thing encountered by potential readers, it’s like a shop window, promising delights inside. And while the exterior artwork, be it good or bad, doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of the writing within, a poorly designed or unprofessional-looking cover is sure to turn away readers.
So you have to go on the offensive with your artwork, to instantly capture and imprison the attention of your audience. Which is why we’re so lucky to have Hollywood artist Brad Hughes designing the covers for the Jaspa’s Journey e-books!
As a critical aspect of a book’s success, a cover often goes through several drafts on the way to the version finally presented to the public, just like the story it represents. And this week we received Brad’s first ideas for the upcoming third instalment of my adventures, Jaspa’s Journey 3: Jaspa’s Waterloo.
Brad modestly calls his artwork ‘a realllly rough concept’, but to me it already looks fantastic. What do you think?
Personally, I can’t wait to see the evolution of Brad’s design. The same goes for the maps that will appear inside the book. If you’re lucky, perhaps I’ll share the process with you over the coming weeks!