What causes you to pick up a book? The author? The title? Or maybe the cover? For most of us I imagine it’s a combination of those things. Once we pick it up, once we read the first page or the back cover, then it’s the STORY that determines whether we’re going to dive in or not. But at the beginning, it’s usually author, title, or cover.
I just launched a new version of my webpage. We had two goals: to draw readers in with the images from my book covers and to make moving around the site easy.
I adore the covers my design team came up with. They are simple. They’re reflective of Amish culture. My designers actually un-layered the images from my book covers and then used a quote from the book to highlight the story. Believe me, this type of computer work is WAY over my head. But I do understand what I like, and I like the work they did.
Which brings me to Amish covers. We try to emphasize simplicity, romance, maybe even location when we build a cover. Usually an author will see an early version—sometimes without any color. Once the basics of the cover is completed, we see the color added along with the title and the author’s name. For one cover, I actually received cover sheets for models to pick the woman who most resembled my character. For an upcoming title, I was sent wardrobe designs. We strive to get all the little details right, and I’m so grateful for good art/design teams who care about what you eventually see and read.
Readers turn to Amish stories for different reasons—to relax, to be entertained, to find hope in difficult situations, to draw near to the word of God, which is always a thread within any Christian title. My prayer would be that God ministers to you, through my work and the work of other authors. And of course I hope you like our covers.