The Importance of Book Covers: Interview with Erin Davies

Book cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of stories, and often times readers first judge a book by its cover. This year indieBRAG has put together a cover contest of books chosen by the indieBRAG Team. These covers were chosen based on several factors including; 1) professionalism 2) visual appeal 3) creativity and 4) fit with the story/genre.

This week we have asked the ladies of the indieBRAG Interview Team to discuss with us the importance of book covers, what they like, want to see more of and so on…Today Erin Davies talks with us about this.

Erin, on the scale one to five, how important are book covers to you?


Why are they important to you?

They catch the eye in an overly saturated market and they often offer insight to the story without reading the blurb.

What do you not like in book covers?

Headless (and arguably brainless) women, gaudy text, and authors’ names that are larger than the title of the book.

What would you like to see more of in covers?

Men. I know, back on my damned soapbox, but hear me out. I’d like to more multi-faceted male models. So often they are depicted as the soldier or the rake, is there really nothing in-between?

How many books have you read this year thus far?

I am sitting pretty at 74.

Do you participate in cover contest by voting for your favorite?

Do weekly Cover Crush posts count? If so, I freely advertise covers I like.

When writing a book review do you consider the covers to be part of your rating the book?

Not in the rating or my assessment of the novel, but I am a cover slut and frequently offer shout outs to designers for their efforts.

 How much do you blog per week and how much do you talk about book covers?

One to two times a week. I participate in a Cover Crush series that highlights artwork favored by a talented group of bloggers and I have a solo series of Cover Cliches that highlights images that have been used by multiple cover artists.

Another great indieBRAG interview with Erin Davies HERE

Erin Davies Website HERE

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