Sometimes authors will decide that they are going to cover all aspects of the process of writing the next book themselves. On other occasions, they will pass some of the work out to another person. But no matter what the workflow may be it is always a good idea to make sure that the cover is created before the book is actually written.
Well-established authors will tend to make sales strictly as a result of their names. But newer writers may find it trickier to find an audience. However, the cover is the main thing that potential readers will see. Therefore, authors will want to make sure that they are as attractive and compelling as possible. The cover can end up being quite representational for the tone and style of the entire work.
A Book Cover Shows the Big Picture
It is no secret that completing the book can be the most challenging aspect of the entire venture. This factor is never more true then when it is a new author who is about to begin his or her book. If the book cover can be sorted out before the book is written, it enables writers to have the end goal in plain sight. This can aid tremendously with motivation and stamina during the process.
The book cover displays the title and some representational artwork. Just seeing the book cover can be a form of inspiration that keeps writers focused as they proceed towards their goal. Plus, it prevents them from changing the main idea of the book. After all, if you are an author, you decided to write a book on that subject for a good reason. Do you really want to change this book topic at a moment’s notice?
The cover will also help authors to remember their audience. After all, it was designed and produced bearing these potential readers. Therefore it can be useful to shape the content that is written. It’s always a good idea for an author to keep his or her reader in mind.
When you have the cover designed before you write the book, it can serve as an incentive to carry on working when writers feel they might want to stop. Publishing the book is a reality as the cover proves, and the work needs to be finished.
There’s No Going Back!
Finally, when you already have the cover created, there will not be a rush to get it quickly finished in order to meet a deadline. Nothing could be worse than spending months getting the book as good as it can be and then put a substandard cover on it at the end of the process. The old saying may say “don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, when it comes to the author of the book, sometimes the cover is everything.