So what do the following things have in common?
- Book Covers
If I had to say that there was something in common it'd be that these three things have all played a part in my past week. All three are pretty awesome lol.
First off, I'm sure most of you know who teen author Jacob Parker is. I talk about him quite a bit on my blog, creepy I know, and this past week his novel Kestrel's Midnight Song (due out December 2010 - Spring 2011) received its first bit of cover art!!
Head on over to The Yodeling Dwarf to see this awesome work of art.
I've read the first couple chapters of Kestrel's Midnight Song and Jacob writes exceptionally well. If that cover sketch doesn't grab you read the prologue and you'll be hooked.
But I'd like to focus on the cover today. Let me make one thing clear--that is only a sketch, and that alone would convince be to buy the book.
Cover art is extremely important in the writing world, especially for newbie authors. "Don't judge a book by its cover" sounds really nice and pretty, but everyone does it. Raise your hands if you have. I do it.
I typically judge first by title and then by cover/back summary. But here's what a cover has to do/be for it to interest me;
- Nicely Drawn (duh)
- Set the book apart from others
The sketch is drawn very well. So the finished product will likely be incredible. The Aegre bird is super mysterious, one of the coolest original creatures ever. And naturally, being an original creature, it is different and sets it apart.
So I really like it lol
How about you? What are your favorite covers? What makes a book have a good cover? What does "good cover" even mean? And are covers even important? Why or why not?
Some more big news. Do you all remember Scott Appleton? He visited my school not too long ago (see blog post) and there I bought his first book--Swords of the Six (also with an awesome cover).
Well the sequel, Offspring, will be coming out in the spring of 2011 and Scott asked me to pre-read it!
I am super excited! I've only ever pre-read one novel before and it was a blast. I expect a lot out of Offspring. Swords of the Six rocked my socks and, as my review says, I know it was only the beginning to a much larger and epic series.
Now with pre-reading comes reader reviews/endorsements. Whether or not Scott wants me to write one or not I'm not sure yet. But I'm curious, do you read endorsements? Do they mean anything to you?
And last night I went and saw that movie Leap Year with some friends of mine.
Yeah, it was a chick flick. But there was this really cool Irish guy.
How can you not like a movie where there are lots of people with Irish accents? I mean come on! It's awesome!
But yeah, the story was good too :)
So what do you guys think? Covers? Pre-readers? Chick flicks?
Bring it on.