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I’m very happy to say that I’ve just had my debut novel published and would love to swap thoughts and opinions on what makes a compelling read. With this in mind, what do you think attracts a potential reader? Would it be the front cover like mine below or is it more likely to be on the strength of the synopsis? Just how important is the cover art and what really determines our decision to invest the time to actually sit down and read a book? As a new author, I feel these questions are very important, so any insights you can give will be greatly appreciated. It may help me not to make the same mistakes if I ever get around to writing another one!
Last edited by Sammy the Squib; July 18th, 2007 at 17:11.
As an aspiring writer, this topic interests me quite a bit.
I've raid my fair share of books in all genres, and in my opinion the title matters a lot. If a book doesn't have an interesting title, I'm less enticed to study the cover, or to read the synopsis. However, after the title, the synopsis is extremely crucial. It should be specific, tantilising and interesting without giving away too much. Also, I can't stand when they put up long comments about some other book by the same author, as if to say "he wrote that other good book, so this one must be great too!".
As per a good book, I'd say that there needs to be a good blend of the different themes, they need to be well presented and the setup be in a way that is comfortable to read.
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Thanks for your reply. I completely agree about the importance of the synopsis. Personally I think that a strong cover will encourage someone to take a closer look but it's the synopsis that really counts. Actually, I've posted my own synopsis and a couple of excerpts from my book at this link:
If you get a chance to check them out I would be very interested to hear your opinion.
Last edited by Sammy the Squib; July 18th, 2007 at 17:12.
Congratulations on your publications. With so many people being educated nowadays, it's more difficult to get your work published. Again, congratulations.
I'm currently in negotiations with Random House for my having own work of fiction (historical) published.
As to your questions, it really depends on your targeted audience. Taken as a whole, fantasy and Sci-fi books have as much attention given to the cover as the title. Most young readers are initially attracted to the cover at, while your older audience generally regards the title with more emphasis. As for classic lit, the cover is all but irrelevant.
On a personal note, I'm not attracted to either the cover or the title. It's the author's history as a writer that lures me to a book. That said, I don't regularly browse a book store, looking for new writers. Typically, I go with a set list of people in mind that have sparked my interest.
Your cover looks pretty good, although, I'm not too fond of the wolf. He looks to fantastical. It's hard to take him seriously, and he certainly isn't fearful in his appearance. Of course, you've written a fantasy based novel, so some creative lenience is to be expected with the illustrations; still, I would think that the wolf could do with a bit less bite and a little more focus on his eyes. Have you ever seen a wolf in person? They stare down their prey, with their heads tilted downwards, on the verge of snarling (but not quite snarling). Does this make sense? Sometimes, it's best to depict the ferocity of a beast in its eyes and posture, rather than in its teeth. This allows your reader some level of unseen fear, rather than putting it all out there for your reader to perceive. On this note, I'm reminded of the wolf in the Never Ending Story. It's eyes always penetrated my fears, and very rarely did it rear its teeth. In fact, our introduction to this wolf (if I recall) had it looming in a cave, where only its eyes were present. Very haunting indeed.
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Your questions are ok for this forum, but links promoting your book are not. Especially when you have a post count of zero, i.e. no intention of becoming a member of LO as a war gaming site.
Sorry that's caused a problem. Is it Ok if I put the link in my profile?