That is a great question and I am sure everyone will have a different answer. So I thought that I would get the opinion of a couple of the NN writers. I will start with my thoughts on what draws me to a book.
First off I was always told not to judge a book by its cover. But in reality is this a logical statement? In my opinion it’s not. The cover is what catches my eye right off. Isn’t that the whole reason for the cover of a book? It’s the reason authors get so excited about the covers of their new books. As romance writers we all want that smoking hot cover framing the manuscript we worked so hard on. It’s like the icing on the cake. Without it it’s just boring.
Now it takes more than a great cover to keep my interest. The blurb at the back seals the deal. I want the blurb to reach out and grab me. It has to be interesting and leave me wanting to know more. If the blurb is boring or lacking in anyway then I will toss it back on the shelf and move on. It just goes to show how important a good blurb is. You need to capture the reader and leave them wanting more.
So for me I need a smoking hot cover and a jump off the page blurb. Of course I know I am probably a little critical when it comes to reading now that I am a writer. But as a writer I feel if you are going to write a story you should write the best story you can. And as a reader it has taught me that the cover and blurb are very important aspects of a great book. The reader only cares about what they can see at a glance. We live in a society of instant gratification and the cover and blurb are the best ways to achieve that for our readers. Those are my thoughts on the subject. I thought I would share a few of my favorite books with you. You will find them at the end of this blog.
Let’s see what Brenda has to say on the subject. Thanks Brenda for doing this blog with me.
As a writer, I have learned what is needed to draw a reader in, hook them tight, and not let them go until they've read the last word. But how to you get the reader to pick your novel from the thousands of others?
To answer that question, I looked to how I chose a book. The absolute first thing that grabs my attention is the cover. Next is the title. Then I'll turn to the back cover and read the blurb. If I'm still interested, I scan through the pages and pick a random scene to read. If all seems good, then I buy the book.
I was a little shocked. All the little tricks we learn to hook a reader and keep them reading chapter after chapter will only work if the reader BUYS YOUR NOVEL.
I wondered if I was the only one who chose a novel this way. So to find out, I asked a few friends how they chose a book to buy--friends who are hard-core readers of romance, but not writer. Again, I was shocked. All seven said the same thing. What grabbed their attention first was THE COVER AND THEN THE TITLE. I then asked if any of them would flip to the opening scene--the first sentence hook. NONE of them did. They said if the blurb sounded good they would buy the novel.
So, what I've learned is the cover of your novel and the title are VERY VERY IMPORTANT. Yes, we need a good opening hook, and yes we need good end of chapter cliffhangers, but none of these mean anything if the reader doesn't chose your novel.
What draws you to a book?
Two of Tabby's favorite books
Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.
Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.…
Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.
Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.