Judging a book by its cover with Giveaway!

We have a winner! Congratulations to Bobbye Booth for winning an ecopy of CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE!

In Defense of the Queen 175On Facebook recently, a popular author asked if readers noticed the cover or the author name first. A lot of people answered the question. Though “cover” was mentioned first in most cases, “author” wasn’t far behind. But it seems to me that if the cover doesn’t attract the reader’s eye, she would never look at the author name. Because of that, I think the cover does come first for most everyone.

MF R2I’d say that right behind the cover is the author name. If I’ve never heard of the author but really like the cover (yes, it does have to be really), I’ll read the book blurb, too. And if I really like that, I read a sample.

I used to read the first couple pages in a bookstore or the library. Now I might read the sample on Kindle. Sometimes I’ll read just a few pages and know I want to buy it. Or I’ll know that I don’t want to buy it. And sometimes I love it so much and don’t even want to stop reading it. In that case, as soon as the sample ends, I’ll run downstairs to get my Kindle and buy the book.

What this is leading up to is a cover reveal for CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE, book 2 of the Rescued Hearts series, which will be available within a month:

Christmas at Angel Lake 250x366 72dpi

I hope this is a book that will be judged by its cover. My cover designer, Laura Morrigan, did a brilliant job. From the colors to the couple to the dog and cat, it’s clearly a Christmas book with romance. And I hope the reader is intrigued enough to look at the blurb. If they don’t buy it right away, I hope they’re intrigued enough to read the excerpt or sample. I’ll just post the first sentence:

Maddie Barrymore was lostβ€”in more ways than one.

One commenter will win an e-copy of CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE as soon as it’s available. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

What about you? What do you judge a book by?

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24 Responses to Judging a book by its cover with Giveaway!

  1. CateS says:

    I love Christmas!! And I always read the blurb!! Thanks!

  2. Edie,

    Covers have much to do with my choice, but if I’ve heard many good recommendations than I’ll look past the cover. But that doesn’t happen too often as occurs only if many people I respect recommend the book. Usually people I know personally.

    Once you get beyond the cover, my process mirrors yours. Right now, my TBR pile is so huge on Kindle and on my bookshelf, that I could quit writing and just read until I die.

    But will I quit buying books? πŸ˜‰ Not a chance.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Summer Meltdown

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Casey, that’s so true about recommends. I will buy those, even if the cover is off. And ditto about all the books on my Kindle. I have way more books than time. So I guess that makes us wealthy in books, which isn’t a bad thing. πŸ™‚

  3. Amy says:

    Hi Edie – You always have such pretty covers. I do judge books by their covers, especially for new authors if I am just browsing online or in the store. I know I shouldn’t but I do. However, if reader and writer friends are talking up a book I will take a look at it regardless of the cover. When I want to enter Goodreads giveaways, I will scroll through and if a cover looks good I’ll put my name in the drawing. I like it when covers tell part of the story and are made in the image of the book. For example, a romantic suspense cover should be a little edgier than a humorous or light contemporary romance. I also really like it when both the hero and heroine are on it because I like that visual of the characters as I read. I look forward to reading your Christmas story! Congrats!
    Amy`s last blog was …Review & Giveaway: TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS by Tracy March

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Amy, I agree with everything you say! And I’m happy to give all the credit for my covers to Laura. She sees visually, and I see it more in my head. Thanks!

  4. Sue Peace says:

    I can’t wait for this book!!! And yes, I do judge a book by its cover! It’s what first draws my attention…then the author πŸ™‚ And I love your covers with the animals on them!!

  5. marilynbrant says:

    Ohhh, Edie, it’s so pretty!!!
    What a great cover, and I love that I’m immediately rocketed to Christmastime when I look at it! LOVE the adorable furry ones at the bottom, too :).
    As always with your books, I can’t wait to read it!!

  6. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    Covers are huge for me. I’ve very visual. Then I’ll read the blurb. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked out books at the bookstore/library based on the cover to have her excited and read the blurb, then curl up her lip and hand it back. lol.

    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Promo, deals and more promo

  7. Gwen H says:

    If the cover catches my eye, then I read the back of the book and if I like, I buy. I usually like and end up buying. πŸ˜€

  8. Shari says:

    Love the cover. A lot of times if the cover catches my eyes, I will read the blurb. I love Christmas stories.

  9. Kristine R says:

    The cover is definitely the first thing I notice unless I am looking for a specific author’s book which just released. I always read the blurb on the back of the cover. Now your book Christmas At Angel Lake is an eye catcher

  10. Bobbye Booth says:

    I am guilty of choosing a book by the cover and judging a bad cover!

  11. Liz Kreger says:

    Hi Edie. As always, Laura did a great job on your book cover. She totally gets the feel that you’re going for. It’s the cover that attracts me when I’m checking out a new author. When I’ve established that I love an author, it’s strictly by name.

  12. Edie! I love your cover!

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