I’ve been looking at book covers a LOT lately, and I have thoughts. So many thoughts.
And one of them is this: A lot of book covers are mostly title now.
Not all. A percentage, of course. But in this post, I’ll include a bunch that I found solely in looking at my ‘Also Boughts’ on Amazon. I didn’t really go hunting for these…they were just there.
(All of these covers today came VIA Amazon.)
The above book (YA SF) takes this to an extreme, but it does seem to be out there a lot. Let me stick in another image:
Ah, there we are. Now all of these (as noted above) came out of my also boughts, so these are covers that people who’ve purchased books somewhat similar to mine have bought. While most of them have some sort of fantastic elements (crowns, skulls, swords), these covers are really about the titles.
(FWIW, I didn’t check these to be sure, but I think most of them are from major publishers. Also, some are YA, some not.)
Meh. For a fast job, I shouldn’t expect much. (That took me about fifteen minutes to assemble online, using elements I’d previous uploaded. If I were serious about it, I would agonize over the elements and fonts for days.)
But it does make me wonder whether this is a tack I should pursue. It’s a decent enough idea, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a lot of book covers head this direction (instead of the main character cover).
We shall see, I suppose…