How book covers are commissioned and chosen


Judging a book by its cover

 

Book covers are a mystery almost as deep as the crime novels they represent. What makes a striking cover is a question that perhaps even my detectives can’t solve. With my crime novels being set around the sea it is essential that the cover image be a seascape of some kind.

The cover has a function, aside that is from protecting the book.  It needs to convey the style of the book, even if it is non-fiction, or the genre of the book if fiction. With crime novels there are so many sub genres.  If it is gritty gruesome then blood and gore must feature, or a dark brooding cover could be appropriate.  If it is a cozy crime or humorous then light colours are used and the cover has a humorous touch even sometimes a cartoon style. 


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