My Top Book Covers of 2011

Every year this is the toughest job – choosing which covers I really love above all the rest. I’m no artist but I have written a lot about book covers because to me they are the most important part of the promotional package for a book. The visual draws the eyes first, before you read the blurb. Of course the author is another extremely important part of this package and I buy many books based solely on an author’s name, but there’s no doubt that the cover can make or break a book and I’ve been put off many times by an ugly or inappropriate cover. Remember some of the covers in our Ugly Book Cover contest? ‘Nuff said.

I like unusual covers, but simplicity is also one of my criteria. Covers that tell a story appeal to me the most so you won’t see a lot of headless torsos here. 🙂 This post only covers those books reviewed on the site so I’m sure I have missed a lot of great covers. Looking forward to your picks of the covers that appealed to you in 2011.

In no particular order here are my picks for Top Covers of 2011:

Artist: Anne Cain

Artist: Scott Carpenter

Artist: Jordan Taylor

Artist: Mary McKennen

Artist: Mara McKennen

Artist: Anne Cain

Artist: Andreas Bell

Artist:April Martinez

Artist: Dan Skinner

Artist: Angela Waters

Artist: Nathie

Artist: Anne Cain

Artist: April Martinez

Artist: Reno MacLeod

Artist: Reese Dante

Artist: Not listed

Artist: Ben Baldwin

Artist: Angela Waters

Artist: Nathie

Artist: Reno MacLeod

Artist: Reese Dante

Artist: Jordan Taylor

Artist: Reno MacLeod

Artist: Dawn Kimberling

Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Artist: P.L. Nunn

Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Artist: Reese Dante

Artist P.L.Nunn

Artist: Croco Designs

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27 comments

  • I adore every single one of my Reese Dante covers… 🙂 she is so talented… I run out of words to tell her how much I like them! ROFL… 😀

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  • Hah, some of my absolute favourite artists – and as a control freak about the cover of my images, I’m so grateful for the fantastic job they did. Reese Dante’s job on “Scorpion” was outstanding, and I think “Dark Soul” by Jordan Taylor is my personal favourite of the year, any genre, print or ebook (it would be my favourite even if it weren’t my story). I love those because they really capture the essence of the characters, and that’s not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination.

    Croco Designs did a great job for “Dark Edge of Honor”, too.

    I’m glad that we are increasingly moving away from “two (or more) headless torsos”, and readers (and authors) do appreciate publishers who go the extra mile or three, in my book.

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    • Hi Aleks
      It was really difficult for me to choose the covers this year and while I did include a few couples, many of my favourites were the unusual ones such as Dark Soul by Jordan Taylor, Scorpion by Reese Dante and Visible Friend by Anne Cain. Dark Soul is incredible. WOW. Talk about impact.

      I have been campaigning for years for publishers to move away from the headless torsos and they are listening to readers. Just because these are ebooks doesn’t mean that we have to look at insipid or ugly covers.

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