Armchair BEA, Day 2 | Aesthetic Concerns
Today’s Armchair BEA topic couldn’t be more perfect for me had I chosen it. I love that one day of this four day virtual event is set aside to look at the ways graphic designers color the books that sit on our bookshelves or the amazing blogger’s in this community who prettify their work. Thank you, Armchair BEA organizers, not only for this fun topic, but this fun community event. It’s been a blast so far.
The first topic of day two is all about book covers, so let’s begin there.
Aesthetics, Part I: Book Covers
I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I’ll confess, I definitely do just this. When I see a cover like Kiera Cass’ ‘Selection’ series or even Morgan Matson’s fun, summer-like contemporaries, I’m all like, “Get on my bookshelf!” But of course, we all know that a pretty cover doesn’t mean the story inside will be good and vice versa. Still, a pretty wrapping on the outside will go a long way in ensuring a reader’s eye will be drawn to a new book. All we can do is hope the inside is equally fabulous.
Another question today’s prompt asked is “Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type?” No, I don’t think I do this overmuch, but yes, I do prefer a series to match. For example, when Marie Rutkoski’s series was announced with new covers, I was upset that ONE of my books wouldn’t sport the same concept. Needless to say, the powers that be did decide to release the final novel in the original hardback cover, and naturally, I snagged one right away. Now, I need to read these books!
I actually recently interviewed two cover designers over on Silver Petticoat (one of my contributing gigs). First was Lindsey Andrews who designed covers like the remodels of Anna and the French Kiss, and more recently, Richelle Mead’s The Glittering Court and also Sarah Kaufman, who is the genius behind Red Queen. It was fun to enjoy a peek behind the scenes of cover design. The job of a graphic designer has always fascinated me, so I appreciate these two talented ladies taking the time to converse with me.
Before I close, I’ll share some of my recent favorite book covers.
Aesthetics, Part 2: The Blog
As with everything, my sense of “style” has changed dramatically from those first few months blogging in 2011 to today. I used to overdress my blog in color (strictly my opinion) and other “silliness.” Now, I’m more streamlined, and overall, I prefer that look. When I would clutter my blog with nonsense, it just didn’t have the same effect as what I’m looking for it to have now.
I believe “branding” is very important. Five years ago, I probably wouldn’t have said that, but today? You bet. I’ve learned so much more on this blogging journey and every little thing is important or I believe it to be so. Right now, I’m all about the minimalist look; less is more.
Armchair BEA Question: What do you do to create a brand on your site?
Honestly? I don’t know that I do anything specific, except (rule number one) to have fun with it, and I do work hard at the branding and content I put on this blog. I’m serious about blogging in that I want what I say to reflect what I honestly thought of something I saw or read, and I want what my space looks like to be inviting, and warm while still being professional because, again, I do take this world of book blogging seriously. It’s a hobby, but it’s also something I consider “work” (albeit a kind of work I don’t mind in the least!) because writing is an avenue I’m passionate about. Another change I made (recently) is a new blog name. Aside from my original name, this is only my second change, and I’d rather this “stuck” for a while. Changing things is always a risk, but I felt like the blog had outgrown my former name. It’s with trepidation that I swapped it out for something that is a bit more self-explanatory (tagline included).
I just hope that comes through, and that, above all, Finding Wonderland is a fun place to hang out because that’s what “makes” this community what it is. Bloggers who love this community and enjoy being a part of it.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.