An article on the development of covers for romance novels was published last month on the Publisher’s Weekly blog. This article briefly recaps the history of romance novel covers, not forgetting the days of Fabio. However, what is most interesting about this article is the discussion of the covers which are appearing on books published by independent authors. Many of them are no longer willing to settle for a stock photo with some text slapped over it. Indie author are getting more creative with their covers, partly to make them stand out, but also, partly because they can. Without the domination of a big publishing house art department, an independent author is free to exercise their own creativity on their covers.
However, romance authors with books that will be releasing this year may be most interested in the last part of this article. A best-selling author who has had a look at the current best-seller lists speculates on the types of book covers which will sell romance novels in 2015. Apparently, the standard naked male torso will be with us for the foreseeable future. But there are other unexpected images which might also appear on romance covers over the course of the coming year.
Personally, the cover of a romance novel has a big influence on whether or not I decide to read the book. How about you?