That was the title of a Book Talk I gave to readers and writers a few years ago. Today’s Blog shares segments of my talk..
"Two things that sell a book are: Cover and Copy." That’s what the publishers say. My talk identified the elements of cover and copy that intrigue, inspire and induce the reader, using covers from books written in four different eras.
The cover evokes the setting - a colorful scene of mountains, prairie, and covered wagons trekking west.
A short synopsis on the cover flap invites the reader to experience
“A Community searching for refuge,
A Woman Finding her voice.”
The people of
seek to live with simplicity and generosity existing in the world of the
1850’s, but remaining set apart from its distractions and vanities. Rather than
finding peace in this would-be utopia, spirited young Emma Wagner chafed at the
constraints of a culture that values conformity over independent thought,
especially in women. Bethel Missouri
The cover flap also gives a short blurb about the author, Jane Kirkpatrick, award winning, best selling author of eleven novels.
A praise quote: “A Clearing in the Wild is Jane Kirkpatrick at her finest. Emma Wagner’s story feels as genuine as if she herself were telling it.”
Could the praise induce readers to buy? I was induced, still enjoy early
and highly recommend Jane’s novel. Did the Cover and Copy influence me? You
The second book in my Book talk takes the reader to the Civil War era and the story’s theme is similar to A Clearing in the Wild. Four Summers Waiting is a Historical Romance, the story of a young woman’s struggle to help the Union Army’s cause and balance her sentiments with her father’s opposition to the war. In addition to historical events during the Civil War, readers experience restrictions placed on women and their roles during the 1800’s.The book is based on the true story of my children’s ancestors. Authentic family letters and diary excerpts appear throughout the novel, that true to the title, covers four summers of the couple’s war time courtship.
Four Summers Waiting, published in 2006, was my first novel. The original cover had a muted, antiquated look portraying two figures riding in a carriage. The dusky green background was broken by a shaft of light over the American flag carried by a line of Civil War soldiers. I believe the cover lends drama and gives a strong sense of plot. The cover was intriguing enough to help sell out the first edition of the book. It received a second edition in Large Print and it is currently available as an electronic book on Kindle.
When the book rights reverted to me I had to have a new cover for the Kindle edition. Nonetheless, the premise stated in the beginning of my Book Talk, Cover and Copy sells books will hopefully ring true again for Four Summers Waiting...