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Choosing the front cover of ‘Ignoring Gravity’ – part 2

Yesterday I wrote about briefing designer Paul Burrows for Ignoring Gravity’s front cover. Paul e-mailed eight cover options. I was surprised to find my instant reaction quite visceral, quite Marmite. I e-mailed the pdfs to my novel-buying friends and family and asked for their votes. Cover 1Cover 2 Cover 3 Cover 4 Cover 5 Cover 6 Cover 7 Cover 8 Comments came back quickly, including:- “I particularly like 1 and 4, both eye-catching but not too over the top.” “I’m not keen on the ‘picture’ covers.” “My favourites are 1, 4 and 7.” “I think I prefer the first one, but either of the first two would catch my eye and I would have a look at. I like the sound of the book as well, I would read it!” “Definitely the first one, I like the design much more than the others. To me the design says ‘read me.’ The second, the tree gets in the way too much. The photo one would put me off as it looks depressing.” “I like the first one best, by a long away. My question is the red dress: it brings up images of Schindler’s List. I didn’t like the photograph ones,
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Categories: Book Love, My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.

Choosing the front cover of ‘Ignoring Gravity’ – part 1

When I first started planning the cover design for Ignoring Gravity, I conducted some word-of-mouth research amongst my fiction-buying friends. When they bought a novel, what appealed to them first? The majority said the front cover design, and importantly the colour, was what attracted them to a book when browsing. If they didn’t like the cover, they rarely picked up the book. If they did like the cover, the next test was to read the first page. One friend said she goes straight to the back cover copy, and another said she is not influenced by cover design at all. So, what to make of that? Well, I had to get the cover design right. And I hope I did, one supporter who has pre-ordered the book, described Ignoring Gravity’s cover, “It looks accessible without being chick lit; serious without being heavy.” That was pretty much what I was aiming for. My informal review of current novel covers in my local bookshop made me determined to have a simple, stylish cover in calm colours to differentiate it from the cornucopia of colourful novels currently on sale [below]. To read about the first part of my cover design process, including my
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Categories: Book Love, My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.