I’m sick of thrillers screaming at me.
As I walk through the Mystery/Thriller section of a bookstore, I feel my chest tighten with anxiety. My eyes are assailed by the PERMA!CAPSLOCK, high-contrast colors and striking imagery that adorns each cover.
But, perhaps that’s the point.
Mystery/Thriller authors WANT you to feel anxiety, tension — perhaps even fear. And that’s before you read even one word.
How would this change for a romance novel?
What about a memoir?
How about YOUR book?
As far as readers are concerned, their first exposure to your book’s message is through its (hopefully) appropriate and effective cover.Continue Reading