Book Covers // Talent

Book Covers. I think most people would agree they’re important. There have been plenty of times I’ve wanted to read a book because of how exciting/interesting/beautiful the cover was. And then there have been other times I’ve passed over a book that I later found out to be amazing, just because the cover was dull. 
I’m not artistic. I can’t even begin to comprehend how an illustrator works their magic. Really, I sometimes stare at drawings and wonder How in the world did that get on this piece of paper? It’s one of those things that leaves me in awe. Much like listening to a good piece of music. I just can’t fathom how they do it. 

I have been absolutely blessed with an amazing illustrator for my Action Kids books. Often times I’ll stare at the illustrations she’s drawn and think “Wow, these are just the style I wanted!” I ‘met’ Leah through Go Teen Writers, the on-line writing group I’ve been a part of for several years. Her talent is something to gasp over. Not only can she draw, but she’s also a writer and a musician. (You should listen to this song. Starting at 2:40, I get tears in my eyes and I don’t even know why. It’s just SO beautiful.)  
All this to say: I got a not-quite-finished preview of my Action Kids book front cover yesterday and I am thrilled. It reminds me a lot of a book I enjoyed as a kid and I’m just like ‘This is for one of my books!’ oh, the joys of being an author! 
What about you? How much does the cover effect your first impression of the book? 
Don’t forget about getting your entries in for the writing contest! (I’ve moved the deadline to July 4th, so hopefully that will help y’all!) And, if you would take a moment to vote over on the sidebar, that would be very helpful! 

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