Human brains are wired to judge. We can't help it and although we can program our brain to a certain extent we will never be able to stop judging. That's a good thing because if we do lose our judgement we will die. Is that man dangerous? Is that woman going to tear out my heart and eat it in front of me? Are those berries poisonous. There's a reason that poisonous foods tend to have bright colours (or black) It's to give us that instant warning. We glance at something. Within seconds we make a judgement, then we move on, either to look more closely or pass by.
Therefore, although a good blurb and immediate hook will help to sell the book nothing will do so as well as a cover.
So what makes a good cover? I appreciate the answer to that is always going to be "It depends" or "It varies" What one person sees as a beautiful cover, another might see as a mess or a complete turn off. I think, though, sometimes covers can be a thing of beauty in themselves and that has to be appreciated by [almost] everyone.
On that note, I'm asking for help. I have pictures of all my book covers (not including anthologies) and I would like to get a quick poll of what you like and don't like. I would be over the moon if you would give me quick feedback on the covers you like most and least. You don't have to say why just leave a comment with two numbers - first best: second worst. You can, of course elaborate if you wish
Please feel free to comment on anything to do with book covers you might want to share. I'd love to hear from you
1 Lab Rat
3 Shade's Champion
6 Draven's Gate
7 Memories of Forgotten Love
8 Project X
9 The Face in the Window
10 Enigma II Fighting the Man
11 The Runaway
12 Upstaged: Opening Act
13 Hump in the Night
14 Upstaged : Waiting In the Wings