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Thursday, August 31, 2006

One of my favorite parts of the whole book writing process is when I get a new cover. The cover designer tells me they may change the font on my name (I hope not!), but other than that, this is the cover for my next book, Hot Tropics & Cold Feet! What do you think? Doesn't it look fun? (That's Maggie on the front, by the way.)

As a reader, I want the cover to grab my attention, or I’ll never read that first word. If I’m in the mood for suspense, I want something mysterious and sort of creeping looking. If I’m in the mood for a lit, I want something that has a bright, fun flair to it. A romance? Give me tall, dark, and handsome. Okay, rippling biceps wouldn’t hurt—but please, no bodice rippers. I mean, who looks like that?

So what makes you pick up that book—the author’s name? The title? The cover? Chocolate? Ooops, sorry. That last one just sort of slipped in there . . . .
Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:26 AM  
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At 8:38 AM, Blogger Kellie said...

True Confession: I totally judge a book by it's cover. That is how I started to read Kristen's books. Her covers are very girly and thats how I am ...if it's pink, fun and clean, I will usually pick it up for a read of the inside cover or the back. That's my second, "criteria", the blurb on the inside (I am blanking on the real word for the blurb on the inside cover...I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning) if that doesn't catch me then I usually won't read the rest. By the way, who writes the synopsis (there's it is!)? Does the author write it? the editor?

Of course once I begin to read a certain author and enjoy his/her books it usually doesn't really matter to me what the cover looks like. i am most likely going to read it regardless of the cover.

BTY, I am liking the cover of your new book. It definetly says "Come with me to the Beach! The waters fine!" which is what I love! I usually save my chik lit books for the daily wait in the afternoon carpool line and there is nothing better than a trip to the beach in those few last kid free minutes of the day!

Can't wait to read it!

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I actually think something should be done with your name, Di. It hardly shows up! We want your fans to know it's YOUR book. LOL

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Julie Dearyan said...

Love the cover! Looks very fun. And Maggie's character comes through very clearly.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Glad you guys like the cover! I think it's my favorite cover yet! :-)

Colleen, I don't think they're going to make my name bigger, they're talking of making it match the font on my other books. I like this font because it looks playful. ;-)

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

The font doesn't need to be bigger, but the letter strokes are thin, making your name not show up as well, Di.

I do LOVE this cover though!

Personally, in a cover I look for signs that the book is in my favorite genre. Like romantic, woman-oriented, nothing scary. LOL If it indicates a great setting (ie small quaint town or lake/ocean-side, that's a plus too. I don't want a cheesy romance cover, though. Something that makes me think it's well-written. How's that for elusive?

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I look at the cover, flip it over and read the backcover blurb, then open it and read the first page. If all three--or even one--grab me, I buy it.

On a side note, one thing I think is important on the cover is that the author's name be in the biggest font possible and the most readable, so when it's listed in a catalog such as, etc., or online, a reader can clearly see who wrote this book. (I know the size depends on your pub and career.)

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I wrote my comment before I read y'all's comments.

So I must be thinking right: make sure your name stands out on the cover.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Christy said...

Oh Diann,
That looks just like the view from Siesta Key!

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Whoo-hoo, that's a cover I could love (and pick up the book because, yes and sadly, I do judge books by their covers :-0 )

At 1:08 PM, Blogger allen said...

I definitely judge a book by it's cover. I had the opportunity to design my own cover when I self published. I spent several weeks on it. It also gave me th opportunity to design several other book covers for other artists. I agree about the 'name' on the cover. It doesn't need to be bigger, but perhaps a lighter color that would stand out better against the background.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Newsflash, everyone judges by the cover. I love this one, but it makes me want to go on vacation, which is cool because it feels like a vacation. I got my new cover for "Split Ends". I'm still digesting it.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger allen said...

not everyone...I used to work at a bookstore. Sometimes a popular, established author would get a cover that was just horrid and yet people would still buy it just because of the name.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Love the cover. I look at the cover first. Then the back cover to read the blurb.

The only thing that would make yours better is if your name looked like this:



At 5:15 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Christy, hi!!!! I didn't tell you guys this but Christy is a friend I met through this blog and she's actually had some yarn dyed special and it's called HOT TROPICS in honor of the book!!! How cool is that? She's going to make me socks from that yarn which is also cool because there are socks in the story, and, well, you'll have to read it, that's all. ;-)

LOL, Ane!!! We'll be seeing your name on a cover in no time, girl!!!

Thanks for all the comments on the cover!! I'll post it again when they finalize it so you can see if there's any change to the name. ;-)

I love your input!!

At 11:13 PM, Blogger tiff said...

I was looking for my first Christian Chick Lit book and read: "All I want is Christian guy who doesn't live with his mother-- and maybe a Prada handbag"

The quote along with a picture of a girl shopping on the cover was enough to get me to buy What a Girl Wants.

A good cover (and back cover blurb)are the most important in choosing a book when I'm not familiar witht the author.

If I'm reading chick lit, I want something pretty and girly (lots of pink, please!)

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Heather said...

chocolate? You mean some books come with chocolate? {vbg} So would buy those books!

Seriously though, when reading a brand new writer, I choose a book by one of the following: (1) I like the cover, (2) someone's told me about a particular author, and/or (3) The "new" (to me) author is one that made a comment in the "See the great praise for this book/author" section of a book I've just read and liked.

After I've read one of an author's books, and liked it, then I hunt down every book he/she has ever written and then stalk the bookstores when the dates of the new book releases are near. (So, when will this one come out? tehehe)

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Heather - I completely agree...and my pet peeve is when there ISN'T a blurb on the back cover (or anywhere). I've bought some books based just on the cover W/O the blurb, and I've been disappointed. Of course, once I've fammiliar with the author, then the cover doesn't matter as much.

Love this cover though!

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Shari said...

If the author's new to me, I admit I'll judge by the cover (and yours looks great, btw!); next I'll look at the jacket copy / blurb; then if still interested I'll read the first paragraph. Then it's either head to cashier or re-shelve (which reminds me how important that opening paragraph is!). I love reading reviews and getting recommendations to help get me beond cover-judging and discover some treasures I might otherwise miss. - Shari (


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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