Poetry Friday ~ Clear & Nature

2 Aug

Hi, everyone! Welcome.

 

August sort of crept up on me this year. My AC is working doubly hard since it’s sweltering hot outside. Thank God for afternoon showers to cool things off. August is a big month in my family because my sisters and I all have birthdays this month. We even have a couple of cousins born in August too.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk a little about book covers and the genre of your book. Do you think book covers are important? What should book covers actually do? I believe that book covers are important because they’re the first impression your book makes on the reader. I know there’s a saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ but many people do. I’ve actually heard people say that they can tell the difference between a traditionally published author and an indie author by the book cover. :/

Of course, what’s most important to me is the content inside but first, you have to attract the reader to your book. An intriguing cover will tempt the reader to pick up your book and once the book is in his or her hand the next natural thing to do is to turn it around and read the blurb and that’s when you hook them with your fabulous writing. A good cover needs to grab attention immediately, be striking, beautiful, clean and professionally made, but also let readers know instantly the basic genre.

The reader should know whether your book is a fantasy, horror, romance, sci-fi . . . by looking at your book cover. The cover also often convey the geographical locations and the main character’s age and sex which is also important.

I can’t stand it when a book misrepresents itself. Call me crazy. Also, and this may seem random, let me mention that the categories on Amazon are getting more and more ambiguous every day. It’s getting hard to figure out a book’s genre. I understand that putting general categories like Fantasy, Romance or Horror alone is not good for the Amazon algorithms but some people get so creative with these categories that they’re confusing the heck out of some people (including me).

If you wrote a horror book and there are ghosts and witches in your story then Kindle store>Horror>Witches>Ghosts are great categories, but I’ve seen some weird combinations that don’t make sense and it’s obvious that the author did it to climb up the ranks. And I’m telling you, your book may come up in the ranks at first, but readers are not going to be happy when they think they’re getting a romance novel and instead are getting hardcore erotica.

I found a great article that can help you make the most of the Amazon Categories while still representing your book accurately. Read this and you’ll thank me later. How To (Ethically) Hack Amazon Categories | David Gaughran

Okay, the bottomline is to be honest about the genre of your work and make sure your book cover, blurb and Amazon Categories clearly represent that genre.

**Check out the book covers below. I’m sure you can’t mistake their genres. If you’re interested in more info. about a book click on its image.

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Your book’s genre should

be expressed plainly or

readers won’t like it

 

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In honor of my birthday, both books in my Fantasy Angels Series are on sale, through the weekend, for 99¢! Please take advantage of my birthday special and spread the word. Thank you!

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Clear and Nature are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

Happy Friday and thanks for the visit! 

59 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Clear & Nature”

  1. Priscilla Bettis August 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    I definitely judge a book by it’s cover. If I’m browsing and the cover catches my eye, I stop and read the blurb and first page. This counts whether it’s an e-book or in a physical book store. I love to see creativity and clever cover art, but it would bug me if the cover didn’t match the genre.

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

      I’m exactly the same way, Priscilla. I can’t help it. Thank you for the visit and comment, my friend. Have a great weekend! 😀 xo

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  2. John W. Howell August 2, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    It is sad when the Amazon algorithms dictate the genre. Good post, Vashti and Happy Birthday.

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  3. D.L. Finn, Author August 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

    Great post about covers Vashti! Thanks for including mine, thats my favorite to date. I love your book covers and plan on redoing at least one of mine. They are very important.

    Happy Birthday, Vashti and to your sisters, too:) Hope you celebrate all month long!

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Ha, ha! Well, I began celebrating yesterday. My sisters and I tend to do something together for our birthdays. Thank you! It was a pleasure adding yours. 😀 xo

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  4. magarisa August 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q August 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you, Magarisa! Technically, my birthday is Sunday but I intend to celebrate until my sister’s birthday comes up in a week. Ha, ha! 😉

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  5. Colleen Chesebro August 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

    Fabulous article on book covers, Vashti. Thanks for the plug for our poetry challenge. Hugs and love and stay cool! ❤

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  6. Annette Rochelle Aben August 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

    LOVE your use of the prompt words and I couldn’t agree more

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  7. Soooz August 2, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

    Have a marvelous birthday, Vashti. Thanks for the great article and poem. I am delighted to find my cover for “Acts Beyond Redemption” featured here. xo💕

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank you, Soooz! It’s been a great birthday weekend so far. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. That cover clearly depicts the story inside. ❤ xo

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  8. Linda Mims August 2, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi Vashti! Thanks for, How To (Ethically) Hack Amazon Categories and for the birthday gifts of your books. I have them both, but the offer was very generous! Enjoy your special day!

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi, Linda! It’s always lovely to see you here. I’m glad you found the link helpful. I did too. Thank you very much! I’m having a great time so far. ❤

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  9. Jill Weatherholt August 2, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

    Happy birthday, Vashti! Great article on book covers. For me, a cover is more important when I’m shopping in a book store. If I buy a book for my Kindle, I don’t really pay attention to the cover.

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi, Jill! I’m sure it’s that way for many people. It makes sense since you’ll probably display the paperback or hardcover. Thanks for the visit and great comment. 😀 xo

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  10. Miriam Hurdle August 3, 2019 at 2:25 am #

    Happy birthday again, Vashti. You’re right about the Amazon categories and book covers. Have a great time with your sister and family. ❤

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  11. karenringalls August 3, 2019 at 5:57 am #

    Great information, Vashti. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Karen. I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you! 😀 xo

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  12. specialk718 August 3, 2019 at 6:16 am #

    I 💘 the pink one! It catches the eye, its girly and im pretty sure its about love. Youre right, if it turned out to be about horror i would be mad because with a cover like that im expecting a feel good happy ending.

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

      Exactly. As a reader, I would feel cheated. Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment, Sis! ❤ xo

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      • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

        By the way, you would love Lizzie Chantree’s books. 😀

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  13. Jan Sikes August 3, 2019 at 8:41 am #

    We all definitely judge a book by its cover. I love the covers you’ve shown here, but I have to tell you that your book covers are outstanding!! They portray your story content well and are very eye-pleasing!

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

      Thank you so much for the mention, Jan! I worked closely with the artists and book cover company to make sure they looked like works of art that strongly depicted the genre, type of story, and protagonists. I love the way they turned out. I’m happy you liked them too. ❤ xo

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  14. Natalie Ducey August 3, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    So true, Vashti. I love the covers you’ve shared, too. And a poignant poem, as always. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q August 3, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie! I’m glad you liked the post. You have a great weekend too, my friend! ❤

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  15. coldhandboyack August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

    Those are some awesome covers, and I like your thoughts on the topic, too. Happy 21st birthday, even if it’s a repeat.

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  16. dgkaye August 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

    Excellent post Vashti. I agree with every word. I’ve seen many books on Amazon that I couldn’t guess what it’s about. And don’t be fooled, I’ve seen some not so fantastic covers from trad published too. Besides the artwork on a homemade looking book are terrible basic fonts, which should also represent the book and not blend in the colors. A homemade book doesn’t have to look homemade if the time is taken to learn about page elements, spacing and font. Still, I wouldn’t attempt to make my own cover. 🙂 ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

      I completely agree, Debby. I too have seen terrible covers on traditionally published books. Stephen King has had some terrible covers through the years but when you’re at his level all that has to be clear on the cover is his name. Ha, ha. You’re right, the fonts and title are also important in letting people know what your book is about and what genre it is. ❤

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      • dgkaye August 5, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        🙂 ❤

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  17. dgkaye August 3, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

    And oh my gosh I forgot to say Happy, Happy Birthday to you! ❤ xxx

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  18. Adele Marie August 4, 2019 at 5:01 am #

    I agree with you, Vashti, regarding book covers and have saved the link to read over later. Thanks for a very interesting post. xxx

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    • Vashti Q August 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

      Hello, my sweet friend. Thank you! I’m happy you found the post interesting. Happy Sunday! ❤ xo

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  19. Marje @ Kyrosmagica August 4, 2019 at 8:41 am #

    I’ve just finished Son of the Serpent and loved it! Happy birthday Vashti. 🙂 I’m currently wondering whether to update my cover. Difficult decisions on their way… xxx

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    • Vashti Q August 4, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      Yay! What a wonderful birthday gift, Marje! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. Thank you very much!
      I love the cover of your book but you would know what’s the best course of action there. Good luck and all the best with your decisions, my friend! ❤ xo

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  20. merrildsmith August 4, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Good advice. Happy Birthday, Vashti! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  21. robbiesinspiration August 4, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    My word, Vashti, a few of these covers are horrifying.

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    • Vashti Q August 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      Ha, ha! You’re right, Robbie, so they did their job. The cover at the very top is obviously a horror, the 2nd one ‘Tears of Fire’ is a thriller, the line ‘The Clock is ticking . . .’ says it all, and the third one from the top is a revenge thriller. When someone picks up or sees one of these books they’ll know they better be up for thrills, chills, and some scary scenes.
      😉 xo

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  22. memadtwo August 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    I definitely pick up books because of the cover…and it is always disappointing when it misrepresents the text. Well said! (K)

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  23. Elizabeth August 9, 2019 at 7:33 am #

    Happy Birthday month! Oh yes! I’ve already bought books because of the beautiful or intriguing cover, most of the time the story was good as the cover, but not always.

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    • Vashti Q August 10, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      Hi, Elizabeth! Yes, that’s why you can’t judge a book by its cover either way. The books did lure you, though and that’s the function of the book cover. After I’m lured by the beautiful cover I read the blurb on the back cover and maybe a few pages inside before I make up my mind whether to get it or not. Even then, you win some and you lose some. Thank you for the birthday wishes! 🙂

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