WHY BOOK COVERS ARE SO IMPORTANT
I have found that choosing a book cover is one of the hardest and one of the most important things to do. Why, because the entire success of your book, depends on the cover. Think of your own experiences when you have visited your local library or a book shop. There are dozens of books, which authors would love you to buy or to read. Your roving eye casts a glance at the covers arrayed in front of you. Firstly you are looking for a genre you just love to go to bed with. So your eyes makes instant decisions, based on what you see on the cover. If it is a love story you would like to see a handsome man or lovely lady gracing the cover. If on the other hand you like to read action adventure, you would be looking for a rugged individual with an AK47 slung over his shoulder.
Before you start writing a book, you of course have decided what genre it will be. Say it will be a historical romance, like my latest novel, ‘The Prizefighter and the Lady’. I know that most of my readers will be women so I changed the original name, ‘The Prizefighter’, because a lot of lady readers are put off by violence, but by adding, ‘and the Lady’, it signifies it will be romantically inclined. I outlined my impressions of what I thought would be a suitable cover and the artists at Bookpal Publishers, came up with a stunning cover, featuring a handsome man and a lady of the times of the 1890’s. Therefore put a lot of thought into what you think will sell you book. There is an old saying. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, but in the case of a novel, it just isn’t so. The book will be judged according to the cover.
About the Book
Author: Frederick Atwood
Genre: Historical Romance
Handsome Englishman Marcus Southey is running from the law after an illicit affair goes wrong.
As he flees across the Scottish border, his path crosses that of fiery red headed Roberta Kyle, herself desperate to escape from the clutches of the loathsome Hamish McGheill. A partnership is born out of desperation, their mutual destination Glasgow. Along the way they meet up with a prize fighting troupe. Roberta encourages Marcus – against his better judgement – to partake in a bout. He wins and this sets him on the road to boxing success. Taking them from the slums of Glasgow to the halls of the aristocracy. Theirs is a strange relationship, at times tempestuous and at others contemptuous, layered over with an abiding care for each other.
The 82 year old author has seen many changes in his long life. As a boy growing up in pre-war Australia, the horse and cart were still commonly used by tradesmen. Women, by and large were home makers, while the man went out and earned the daily bread. It was a time when left handed children such as himself were made to write with their right hand. Life as we now know it, came about when war was declared in 1939, bringing vast changes to our daily lives. The emancipation of women, which began in WWI, escalated during WWII. After the war he saw the industrialised nations, switch from building warships and planes, to cars, and refrigerators. He saw the landing of a man on the moon. In fact he played a part in the Apollo space probe in 1968, when he was assigned to supervise the land line link between the Carnarvon Earth Station and the facility at Tidbinbilla, situated near Canberra. He was at one time Media Liaison Officer with Telecom Australia, attending many major sporting events. Later on he was appointed Senior Traffic Officer-in-charge of Telegraphs West Australia.
As a young man Frederick was an excellent cyclist and won many major cycling events. Upon his retirement he was able to indulge his love of history with his love of writing. With a long life comes a fund of knowledge and experience of the frailties of human kind, but also the innate goodness in most people. He has put these ingredients together to produce a number of historical/drama/romance novels. Frederick and his wife of fifty four years have three children and seven grandchildren.