Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cover Art: Is It Important To Your Audience?

I have been going back and forth about this with my fellow writers over at Skulldust Circle and have come to this conclusion:

I don’t know!

I am including all of our cover art (from the authors at Skulldust Circle) for you all to peruse.


Sometimes I think that a more realistic cover (like the ones on Jeremy Laszlo’s books) would be a better approach. And then I think, nah, I want to pay homage to the artwork that I grew to love when I was swept away reading tales of the Forgotten Realms, Elric of Melnibone, Conan of Cimmeria, and The Sword of Shannara! Please don't get me wrong: I love Jeremy's covers! Truly!

I am personally moving forward with these, embracing the style of the past and have found William Kenney’s artwork to suit me perfectly. As a fellow author and fellow Skulldust’er as well, he has similar ideas and interpretations as I do envisioning my characters, etc. I always love to see what artists come up with when interpreting what I write and how they see it in their mind’s eye.

Either way, none of this is wrong. It is just opinion. I would love to see what you all think moving forward on what you think an epic fantasy cover should look like! I will take all of this information here into consideration moving forward. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic rest of the weekend!

Oh, and if you stuck around this long, here is a possible choice for the cover of my next release. It will include a FREE short story as well. What do you think?

Artwork by William Kenney, Ceri Clark and Ronnell Porter


  1. IMO - Besides the quality of writing/story - the cover is most important. It is what attracts a reader's attention and persuades them to either read the back cover blurb etc.

  2. You know, I never thought cover art was that big a deal but my experince over the last few months has changed that concept. I noticed a staggering alteration in sales and downlodas when I changed my cover. Not that the old one was crap, but the new one was just better. If your main medium is kindle, then a decent cover is vital. It'll make the difference between people even clicking on it to find out more or skipping past. It'd be my one piece of useful advice to new authors!