What makes you buy a book?
What makes you buy a book? I thought this was a simple enough question. The cover! It’s colours! The title! It’s colours…The blurb. It’s colours…Duh! The text is usually black.
Ok, the first chapter! Who doesn’t stand in the book shop and read? The ones with cafes are great. You can finish the novel and quietly put it back on the shelf. They used to be called libraries. Some of them are still called book shops – if you’re lucky enough to have one of those in your town.
Anyway, I’m about to design the book cover for Martini Bond. I’ve got fed up with waiting to hear back from “waterlogged” agents (Wade in and pick my book – before I make you redundant!). Yes, I’m beginning to think self-publishing is the way forward. Just like JA Konrath, a renowned self-published author.
But before I do any of that, I need a cover that grabs readers’ attentions. I’ve got the image – a cartoon by Judy Walker, former Sun newspaper cartoonist. By the way, thanks to everyone who voted recently – it is the image with the gun.
I’ve got to work on the fonts for the title and, of course, MY BYLINE. Should that be bigger than the title? Oh, how tempting, you foolish WomanBitesDog.
But while I’m making up my mind what to do, I’d love to hear from you about what makes you buy a book?