- Cover Design and the Self-published Author
- An International Cover Story
- Designer Brief from Self-Publisher
- The mental image of a character : the influence of covers
- Female images : the message on romance covers?
- Designer Stubble: the Bane of Regency Book Covers
- Making Covers Work for You, the Author
- Covers: should images be historically accurate?
- A Close Shave (or the gentle art of Pogonomotomy)
- Series Covers : but what says Series Covers to readers?
Historical Covers : what do they say to readers?
I usually write Regency romances. So I have to keep an eye on developments in the market. And covers are a vital part of getting readers to pick up a book.
If I were to generalise from the many Regency covers I’m seeing these days, I’d say that quite a lot of them look too modern. They don’t say “Regency” to me.
I’m not sure whether it’s the heavy make-up, or the hairstyles, or the clothes, or just the knowingness that 21st century models seem to display. Whatever it is, very few of the females on today’s Regency covers look (to me) anything other than a modern woman playing at being in the Regency. Continue reading