I Spied With My Bookish Eye- Two Books, Four Different Covers

Recently at the bookstore…

 

Sometimes I believe it would be better to put a bed in a corner in my favorite bookstore. You know, because I seem to be there more often than at home these days. I have a legit reason to be there, though. I´m looking for book covers ( and books to buy ). Some gems are on display while other treasures are buried in dark corners. Those are the ones I´m looking for.

And boy, was I successful this time. So much so that I found different covers for the same books on the same shelves.

 

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`The Farm At The Edge Of The World – Sarah Vaughan

 

 

 

 

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`One Of Us Is Lying` – Karen M McManus

 

Pretty neat, huh?

The Farm At The Edge Of The World by author Sarah Vaughan is a Historical Fiction that´s set in 1944 and the present day. One of those time leap stories ( so I´ve been told ).

If you take a look on Amazon.com you´ll notice that there are, indeed, two different covers for this book. One is the cover for the Hardcover version and the other for the paperback.

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At my preferred bookstore, though, both cover images cover paperbacks. Not really uncommon in the book world. It´s nothing but amusing to see when looking for a book.

I spotted the darker cover first and minutes later the same book with the lighter cover. You can imagine the look on my face as I double triple checked the title and author. Personally, I like the darker cover more as I feel it fits the book description better. I haven´t read this book but I´ve heard many great things about The Farm At The Edge Of The World.

Do I find the covers eye-catchy? Yes and no. They both have a certain appeal but for me- I think the darker one stands out more. It´s the contrast of dark on the upper half and the light on the bottom part that makes this eye-catchy for me. The lighter, illustrated image doesn´t have too many stark contrasts except for the splotches of white and the font.

Would I buy either of these books? The darker cover edition for sure.

 

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`One Of Us Is Lying` by author Karen M. McManus… I´ve been meaning to buy this one for some time but unfortunately- I haven´t had the extra cash to spare.

The English version ( on the right ) was on display while the German version ( on the left ) was buried underneath other bestsellers. Kind of sad because I believe both covers are worth putting on display.

Won´t you look at these beauties!

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To be honest- I love both covers. I love the German edition because it´s simple yet bold ( in color and image ) and I love the English edition because it´s similar to the German edition only more exciting. I love the cut-out faces! I love that both covers actually look like the genre they´re written in- YA.

Personally, I´d love to own the German cover edition but read the English version ( my German reading skills are questionable, to say the least ).

Are the covers eye-catchy? Without a doubt! Both have that great color contrast. You see everything more or less right away without being overwhelmed. White, subdued orange fonts and easy to identify images. Both covers are easy on the eye and either would look stunning in a private book collection.

If all else fails I´m going to add One Of Us Is Lying to my already endless Christmas list.

 


 

Let´s talk: What do you think about these covers? Which would you buy? Which do you already have? Would you buy these books based on these covers? Let me know in the comments below. 


 

Thanks for popping in for another book cover analysis. I hope you enjoyed ❤

XO´s

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Hello August.

Hot damn! Time seems to fly by quicker than I thought it would. It´s August, my beloved bookish squad.

Instead of doing a book cover post, a monthly recap post or something heavily book related but I decided not to get too bookish this time. No. I want to welcome you all and the beginning of the new month by letting you in on something personal. Something that could possibly cost me a few followers. An insider joke, if you will. Okay, it´s not much of an insider joke when I´m the only one who knows about it ( and also finds it amusing as hell ) but hey… It´ll be fine. Don´t worry, a book is involved so this post won´t be completely bookless. All in the name of books, right?

I want to share what I found on one of my late-night searches for book covers.

 

 

For this to make any sense I think it would be wise to start with a little personal fun fact.

My husband. He´s a wonderful guy. We´ve been together for 19 years ( married 14 years ). What I love most about him are the many quirks he has. You know, the stuff people do that seem odd sometimes. That and his non-existent humor ( bless him for trying, though ).

Well, there´s something I call the “Stefan pose”. It´s where he stands like he´s preparing to analyze something. Hands on hips and a serious stare. Much like this:

 

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A most recent Stefan Pose

 

Don´t waste your time trying to figure out what he´s analyzing. He´s looking at a waterfall. There were no ancient drawings or signs to read. * sigh * I´ve learned it´s best to let him do his thing. Don´t ask questions.

Well, he does this all the time. No matter where we are, who we´re with… He´ll whip out that move unintentionally. I have this type of pic for every vacation we´ve been on.

Okay, so now you know about the `Stefan Pose`. It´s time to get to my private joke.

The other night I was looking for specific book covers for upcoming posts. I stumbled upon a gem that had me laughing all night. I´m talking a hysterical laughing fit with tears and hiccups. I usually laugh this intense when I watch comedies or favorite movies ( Christmas Vacation- The squirrel scene ). When I saw this book cover I just couldn´t.

 

 

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The `Stefan Pose` on a book cover!!

 

 

Do you see it? Do you?!

Ever since I spotted that cover I cannot unsee the bogus image of my husband playing a part in what looks like a romance novel. My husband. Stefan. In a romance novel.

 

 

I don´t think I´ll ever get over this.

 

Yes, I´m fully aware that there´s a huge possibility that you don´t find this funny. I have a very odd sense of humor sometimes. My deepest apologies. I can be weird.

Before things can get any weirder I think it would be best if I logged off for the day.

I hope you enjoyed this little personal tidbit. If not, just leave me a comment below. I´m not sure I´ll be able to justify my humor but I´ll see what I can do to make up for this weird welcoming post for August.

 

Sending out lots of bookish love.

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Book Cover Talk – `His Banana`by Penelope Bloom

Have you ever heard of author Penelope Bloom before? I haven´t. Maybe that can be blamed on me not spending enough time in the rom-com department. Which is a shame. I love humor and I love romance. Hmm…

A few days ago I received a Whatsapp text from my book babe, Sabrina @Brina And the Books with this cover.

His Banana

 

I admit I laughed. I laughed so much that I had trouble breathing. Not because the cover is terrible – The cover is actually decent. It´s simple and… in combination with the title, I´d say it´s brilliant! It´s the title that had me cracking up. HIS Banana. What an amusing title- Amusing enough for me to want to read the synopsis.

It looks like the story has an actual banana in it. The banana at hand is HIS. I have tears in my eyes while typing this.

 

Part of the synopsis

`My new boss likes rules, but there’s one nobody dares to break…
No touching his banana. 
Seriously. The guy is like a potassium addict. 
Of course, I touched it. 
If you want to get technical, I actually put it in my mouth. 
I chewed it up, too… I even swallowed.
I know. Bad, bad, girl.
Then I saw him, and believe it or not, choking on a guy’s banana does not make the best first impression. `

 

I´m the type of person who LOVES to see the humor in everything. I make inappropriate jokes at uncalled for times, etc. So, my opinion regarding this hilarious cover ( and synopsis ) comes from a positive place.

I think I sent a 1:30 minute Whatsapp message back, laughing my ass off.

Now, back to the book.

`His Banana `is the first installment from the Objects of Attraction series.

 

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Objects Of Attraction Series by Penelope Bloom

 

 

Here´s the deal – These images aren´t anything we haven´t seen on book covers before. I could, right off the bat, give you a list of 20 books that have cherries on the cover. Same with cupcakes, gifts/packages, and lipsticks. These objects are a staple in the romance genre. But, I have to say, I haven´t been seeing any bananas or… bushes on book covers lately. Especially a single bush ( would someone already bring me a cocktail? ). Let alone with a stark white background.

The subtle – not so subtle font is also a good match. It draws attention. It´s prominent but it still doesn´t distract from the objects.

Now, what do these covers tell me, the person who´s looking for their next read?

 

  • There´s a high possibility humor is included.
  • Double entendres, sexual innuendos
  • romance

 

This is a good thing! The less a cover tells me the better.

Knowing all this is fine but we still haven´t gotten to what´s important:

Do the covers excite me enough to want to read this book / the series? Not really ( The banana and bush ones do, though ). But the covers, paired with their titles do. When seeing this from a marketing point of view, there really isn´t anything wrong with the designs. This is perfection. The book covers for `The Objects of Attraction` are designed to leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished, I´d say. I´ll definitely call my other book babes and tell them about these books.

Would I, as a dedicated romance reader, buy these books based on the covers ( and title )?  Sure, why not?  They´re not what I would consider out – of – this – world – fabulous, but I´m amused and interested.


 

What are your thoughts on this cover / the covers for the series? Are they a YAY or NAY for you? Are you a fan of the author? Let´s chat. xx

 


Go ahead and stalk Penelope Bloom!

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Purchase Links for the `Objects of Attraction` series

`His Banana`  Book #1

`Her Cherry`  Book #2

`His Treat`   Book #3

`His Package `  Book #4

`Her Secret `  Book #5

`Her Bush `  Book #6

 

Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Part One

To self publish or not to self publish.

That´s something I never had to ask myself because I´m not a writer, but many others have undoubtedly asked themselves if they should dive into self publishing or not.

Writers from all literature corners have, at some point, thought of the idea of publishing their own work, whether through traditional publishing or through self-publishing.

Both routes are fully acceptable these days, but before any writer choses a path to take they should definitely have a closer look at the pro´s and con´s of both traditional publishing and self publishing. Let´s do a quick breakdown to show the differences between the two and include pros and cons for both traditional publishing and self publishing:

Pros for Traditional Publishing

  • Marketing
  • Reach a wide audience, more exposure
  • Publishing houses often offer a financial advance
  • Publishing houses take care of edits, covers, etc.

Cons for Traditional Publishing

  • A writer hardly ( if at all, depending on the publisher) has a say ( in all areas)
  • Marketing runs at a snail’s pace
  • Royalty rates suck
  • It´s hard to get out of a contract

So basically, a writer´s hands are bound.

 

Pros for Self Publishing

  • You call the shots. You´re your own boss.
  • Publication is almost instantly
  • Royalty rates are higher
  • No rejections ( other than maybe from readers)

Cons for Self Publishing

  • No professional book polish ( no editing, no suitable cover image)
  • You have to do major self marketing
  • Potential for publishing a shitty book
  • Literally, anyone can self publish

It all comes down to having all the freedom in the world but also investing an outrageous amount of time doing self promotion because.. since you´re your own boss you have to do every stinking thing yourself.

If I was in a writer´s position I would definitely go with the traditional route. But that´s just me. Since I´m not a writer it´s not important what I would do, right?

A simple fact is: It´s hard getting a deal with a publishing house and it´s easy as hell to self publish.

Doing business with hundreds of self published writers did reveal an awful lot, but what the years of observation have shown was that many self published authors struggle.

And the struggle is real.

Some authors don´t know how to market themselves or they find it extremely difficult.

Why is that?

Well, for one… most writers who go into self publishing and want to make a name for themselves know that they´re going to have to deal with marketing but they don´t know how hard it is.

Imagine you wrote a book and you set your mind of self publishing. Great. But what steps need to be done?

Is your book edited? If not, it should be. You don´t want to sell crap and no one wants to spend money on crap. A harsh truth alot of self published author´s don´t want to hear.

Is the book cover image eye-catchy and is the quality of the image good? If not, you might want to invest some money and get something that´ll make a reader want to buy your book. Many readers judge a book by it´s cover. ( read my article on book covers )

Once your book is properly looked over and the cover ( incl. the quality) is ready you still need readers.

Do you have fans? Without fans you have little to no sales. And without fans you have no one but yourself and maybe your mother to spread the word about your book.

Your book can be a genius piece of written art or a possible world-wide bestseller but that´s worth crap if you don´t have any readers.

You need a plan. A large one.

From what I´ve been able to learn was that self published authors NEED to interact with people. There´s no way around it. Writers must use the tools they´re given and start interacting with all sorts of people in order to get the marketing ball rolling.

Social media is the best place for that. Millions of book lovers hang around Facebook, Twitter & Co. and are dying to get their hands on a new book. Befriending authors is also a step in the right direction because other, more accomplished self published authors have the know-how and can help with fulfilling a dream of becoming a known writer. Contacting book blogs is another way. Us foot folk know how to spread the word in an effective way.

It sounds so easy. But then again- everything seems easy in theory. Contacting strangers is not always easy. It´s acutally awkward.

„Hey, we don´t know each other but I have a book and ( after a full-blown social media investigation) I know you like to read… So, do you wanna read my book?“

Yes. That´s awkward but with a little more tact there is a high chance of gaining potential readers that way.

When a writer has to do their own marketing that means nothing other than having to sell their own product. In this case, it´s their book. Selling a product involves having to interact with people.

A nightmare for introverts or moody artists.

Another thing most self published authors forget is that self marketing never stops. It´s a constant, never-ending cycle. Once the self marketing slows down or stops then that´s it. Everything else stops too.

It also doesn´t stop at the interacting, either. There´s a whole lot more to self marketing than a writer´s eye can meet. Writers need to become creative and find ways to keep the ball rolling. This can be done with simple posts of teasers from their book or maybe a graphic quote or possibly through another author promoting a new writer. Something that engages other people. There are ways to make self marketing fun and slightly easier but the key is: interaction.

It also can´t hurt to mention how much time self published writers need to invest on self marketing. Yes. Many writers would appreciate a day with more than 24 hours.

The reality of self publishing is completely different from what people might think. It´s not just going on some self publishing platform and uploading a story with over 60.000 words and calling it a day.

Of course, writers who chose the traditional path and get taken under the wings of a publishing house have it bit easier. They don´t have to worry about self marketing because that´s included in their package. All the fun( insert sarcasm) with having to deal with emotional stress, interacting with strangers and working on spreading the word falls in the hands of competent people who know how to work the book mill. It might not always be what the writer had planned but it´s one less thing to worry about.

Self publishing is hard work and we´ve only just scratched the surface of how hard and frustrating self publishing can really be. The only advice I can give to writers who are unsure of which publishing path to take is: Collect as much info as possible and weigh your options. See what works best.

Because if we´re honest- not everyone is capable of marketing themselves or their work. Not everyone is a social bunny. But if a writer wants to self publish then there´s no way around having to do some self marketing. But when someone is good at marketing themselves then self publishing can be a joy and fun all around.

Coming next: Self Published Authors, Part Two: Book Pricing