Maybe it was because as a young woman that I was never drawn to traditional “bodice rippers” but I’ve began to wonder about the art of cover art. Is nudity in some form required on the cover to be successful at selling your book?
Being fairly new to the business I only have my own taste as a reader to go by. I’ve never purchased a book erotic or otherwise simply because of the cover art. Don’t get me wrong packaging is a huge part of the sell, I have definitely been drawn to a book because of the cover, but it takes more than that to close the sale.
My stories are more of what you would call erotic-romance with sub-genres such as paranormal, suspense, and mythology. Yes, there is graphic sex in my writing, but that’s not what it’s all about. I have a plot that is elaborate, a story that brings the heroes together, a romance that includes erotic elements, and a cast of supporting characters that help and sometimes hinder the heroes in their journey towards happiness.
Just because I have graphic sex within the context of the story does that require nudity on the cover? I’m not being factious when I ask this question. I’m honestly curious.
There is so much more to the story and being an artist myself I aim to have a cover that speaks towards the entire story rather than just the sex. Yes, I do realize that sex sells, but when is it too much? Does the fact that I prefer nudity-free covers hinder me as a writer? Should I reconsider my opinion? Just the thought of going mainstream on the idea of “nudity required” cover art makes me wonder if I’m selling myself out.
For me it is the “complete package” or nothing at all. Just because I write erotic-romance doesn’t mean I should package it as pure sex. What happens when the reader drawn in simply because of the cover finds themselves disappointed when there’s not sex in every chapter or every other chapter?
I seriously want the opinion of my fellow writers and the readers.
How do you feel? Nudity required or not?