A cover is the face of a book. It's the first thing a potential reader sees.
Do people judge a book by it's cover?
The answer is a resounding 'yes.' I know I do it all the time.
So that means it's extremely important to get it right.
Ideally, I want the combination of title and picture to capture the attention of someone walking (or scrolling) by, enough so they will pause long enough to take a closer look.
It has to have just the right amount of mystery, accompanied by hints to the storyline and genre of the novel without giving too much away.
No pressure, right? (Ha, ha!)
And so, I struggled with choosing the perfect cover for MAGIC HARBOR, the second book in the KEEPER OF THE WATCH Series due out October 10, 2019--four months away.
Oh, I had lots of ideas.
I wanted it to match perfectly with the cover of Book One, with the same font, coloring and even some elements the same. So ... that's what I told my publisher's cover designer to do.
A few days passed, and I got an email. He'd given me exactly what I asked for, but as my eyes devoured the new cover, I wasn't convinced. It was just too similar to its predecessor's cover.
Back to the drawing board.
Another brilliant idea came to me, and again, I passed on my ideas.
In a repeat performance, the designer, David, gave me exactly what I had asked for. But it wasn't exactly my vision for this novel, and though I did like it, I just couldn't commit to it. Something was holding me back from final approval.
I asked for adjustments to the placement of the title and author name, and though it was better, something just wasn't quite right.
By this time, I'm sure poor David was getting a bit disgruntled with me, though gracious as he is, he didn't let on. I decided to go a totally different route, and that meant starting all over again.
A few more days passed, and when I opened the attachment in the email, my immediate reaction was "This is the one."
The one I'd been waiting for all along.
It has just enough mystery, combined with elements from the story including the setting of the first half of the book.
This is the one.
I hope you like it as much as I do.
Drum roll please...
I give to you, MAGIC HARBOR, (Keeper of the Watch Series, Book Two!)
Kristen L. Jackson, author of KEEPER OF THE WATCH
*Book Two, MAGIC HARBOR, Coming 10/10/19!
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Kristen L. Jackson, author of JOCELYN’S BOX OF SOCKS
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