by Nadia Lee
Cover art is one of the most important -- if not THE most important -- marketing tools there is. There are literally thousands of books out there, and when you see a cover that really pops, you tend to give that book a second look. And when it comes to bookselling, getting a potential reader to glance at the blurb is half the battle.
Given this, I always try to fill out the cover art sheet with extra-special care. I sometimes copy & paste a few relevant descriptive passages if I feel that they'll be helpful to the artist.
Filling out the cover art sheet isn't usually that difficult for me... except for my characters' eye color. For some reason I can almost always remember their hair color, style, texture, the shape of their eyes, height, build, etc. but never their eye color.
I just don't notice eye color in general, probably due to my upbringing in Asia. There, people have dark eyes and so there isn't any real reason to notice another person's eye color. And this aspect of my upbringing affects how I envision my characters as well. I rarely think about their eye color, and I have to make a conscious effort to note all my characters' eye colors and record them on a separate Word document so I can keep track.
Of course, the luck would have it, I didn't have that for The Last Slayer because I lost it when my computer crashed. Thank god for the "Find" function in Word!
How about you? What features do you remember the most vividly about characters on book covers or when you imagine a character based on a description in a book? What features do you not care that much about? Answer for a chance to win an electronic copy of The Last Slayer! (Open international) Oh and don't forget to say happy birthday to Tori! :-)
Tori: Thank you Nadia! :)
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