What? There is skullduggery afoot in the camps? Even at Halloween,
we all know that The Great Pumpkin never came to poor Linus as he waited yearly for its appearance. So what have the head
honchos at Star* Publish been hiding from the world? Is it something "underhanded" or is there something "underground" that
is roiling like the great pot of witches' brew?
Ah, relax. Nothing quite so sinister, but just as newsworthy, are
the covers at Star* Publish. "The covers?" you ask. "What about the covers?"
If you go over to the Star* Publish website and take a look at the
page for their books, you will find some of the most awesome book covers around. (To make it easier to get there, just click
on the pumpkin above.)
There is nothing much more aggravating to a reader than to get halfway
through a book and realize that the cover has absolutely nothing to do with the story at all. Does it really matter? How important
is a book cover anyway?
It has been said for years that "You can't judge a book by its cover."
Balderdash! When you, as a reader, walk into a bookstore and look for a new read, what is the first thing you look at? Of
course, it's the cover. It is often a case of "love at first sight." Only after you pick it up will you turn to the back to
look at the blurb to see what it is about. The next step might be to read the first couple of pages--and then you decide whether
or not to buy the book.
What makes the covers at Star* Publish so special? It's the person
behind the scenes: Kristie Leigh Maguire, the owner of the company. Some Star* authors do submit their own artwork, but that
is just the beginning of a great cover. There is the matter of matching the font to the type of book it is. Then you move
to the back cover, and the background color, the color and style of the font, the author's picture and bio... Ah, yes, there
is a lot to be said for all that goes into the cover of a book. Even the spine has to have something that will draw the reader
to the book if it is placed spine out on a shelf, along with hundreds of other books. The Star* logo is that "certain something"
that calls a reader to take a closer look.
Some of the books are contracted by outside cover designers, but
Kristie has the final say on the finished product. And many of the covers are designed by Kristie herself. She spends many
hours, trying one thing, then another, until she gets just the right effect she is looking for. From there, it goes to the
author for their input. Once both agree on the cover, it is moved onward to the next step in the publishing process.
So yes, you can judge a book by its cover. You should judge a book
by its cover. And nowhere will you find a better cover than on the front of a Star* book!