Thrilled to be the stop on Jo Lambert’s blog tour today for Watercolours in the Rain! I am hosting a guest post from Jo where she talks about book covers and the importance of them! Not only that, there is also a fantastic giveaway too! Enjoy!
Before I contacted her I spent time thinking about how I wanted what was now a trilogy, to look. I liked the idea of having one of the main characters on each of the covers. With this in mind I contacted her and although we were several hundred miles apart, everything went so smoothly it was if we were in the same room discussing options. She gave me some website addresses for royalty free images and I sent her samples of what I thought would work. The result was three covers which not only completely changed the look of my books but gave them a connection to me. Two covers for sequels followed. One – Between Today and Yesterday – became my favourite cover of all time. I absolutely loved the photo but it was black and white. I was about to dismiss it as a non-contender but Jane explained she could add colour. She did and this
The five books became my Little Court Series, set in West Somerset. Once I felt the stories had run their course, I moved over the border into Devon for my next book. On this occasion I decided new project , new designer. I wanted this book (or as it turned out, two books) to look slightly different. This time I chose my good friend designer Cathy Helms, who lives in the States, to design the cover for Summer Moved On. I trawled the royalty free photo sites and came up with the picture of the girl holding the poppy and the result was exactly what I wanted. My new novel, Watercolours in the Rain, saw me returning to Jane and her design beautifully mirrored Cathy’s for this, the sequel.
So what are my thoughts on covers? Well as far as I’m concerned, they are every bit as important as the book itself. They are the shop window for your work, the advertisement that says to readers ‘Come in, take a look.’ Of course if you are with a publisher you will automatically have a support team behind you for this. However, speaking as an indie author, I feel as it takes a whole lot of hard work to produce a book, why cut corners? Cover designers are a fraction of the cost of a good editor. You’ve spent money on getting the contents professionally polished, why skimp on something as important as the cover? And believe me, there’s a great deal of difference between DIY and using a professional.
In a very competitive market if you hope to sell (which is what all that hard work and burning the midnight oil has been about) your book needs to be given the best chance to succeed, doesn’t it?
I think a lot of us will be agreeing with Jo’s thoughts on book covers, I know that I agree with them. I do get enticed by a book based on the cover, they are so important! And Jo, your cover is beautiful!
How do you fancy a chance of winning some prizes?
The 1st prize is this beautiful necklace!
Please note this prize is for UK residents only.
The 2nd prize is 2 e-book copies of Jo’s book, and it is also open internationally too!
If you fancy either of those prizes, click on the following link to get yourself in with a chance! Good luck!
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About the author.
In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate fully on her writing. Two other books have been written since – The Other Side of Morning which is the final book of the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, a love story set in South Devon. Jo is about to publish, Watercolours in the Rain, and plans to begin work on her new book in early November 2016. She describes her writing style as drama driven romance. Jo is married and lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She loves travel, red wine, rock music and has a passion