Recently, I conducted an informal Facebook poll asking my friends to tell me how they choose a book. In the indie writer’s world the constant message is that 1) you have to write a good story, 2) you must have an editor, and 3) the cover is immensely important. The reason the cover is so critical is because when people shop for books online, the cover is what they see first. But, the friends who responded overwhelmingly said that the book blurb is what gets them to buy, and then read a book.
So, I’m working to perfect both. Here’s a book bubble from Bublish about what motivated the cover design for HUSH.
I’m playing with a few book blurbs, and again I asked Facebook friends to tell me what would catch their attention. Here’s one:
What secrets are you hiding? We all have a few. Private investigator Dezeray Jackson specializes in uncovering secrets. And she won’t stop until she discovers the truth.
Dezeray Jackson examines the cold case of a 13-year-old girl from Fremont, NE. As details unfold, Dez is forced to confront her feelings about her sister’s unsolved murder, manage her relationship with former lover, Patrick Murphy, and diffuse the tension he’s creating with her current lover, Scott James. Things become more complicated when Dez begins receiving communication from a dead guy.
What about you? What motivates you to buy a particular book? Tell me in the comments.