Monday, April 8, 2013

Guest Post: Kraig Dafoe, Author of the Search for the Lost Realm

Today we welcome author, Kraig Dafoe who is promoting his release, Search for the Lost Realm. He joins us to day with his thoughts on why book covers are important.     Make sure to check out his giveaway at the end of the post!

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publication: January 2013

Search for the Lost Realm is an epic journey in which a young man named Varan wants to find a power which has been missing from the world of Kantania for thousands of years.   
Varan sets out but soon discovers his true mission is to save the worlds creator from a spiritual bond placed upon him by the powerful demon, Eldrok.
From demons to dragons and sorcerers to soldiers, battles erupt and Varan must hurry or the world could be lost to darkness forever.  
This story does not consist of action alone as Varan faces dilemmas of the heart, struggles of the flesh and complex issues of the mind.

 Why book covers are so important

The old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what most readers do. When someone walks into a bookstore or library and looks for a book, unless they heard about it from someone else, they are judging it by the cover.
Covers are important for a number of reasons. The front picture draws the reader in whether it depicts a great scene that looks exciting or maybe it just has a catchy title, but this is what draws them too first pick up the book. The cover may contain a picture of a character they want to know more about, or maybe it shows a place they always wanted to go.
The next thing they do is flip it over and read the back cover. They want to know what the story is about now and the few words you get to put there has to really draw them in. Maybe the back also contains reviews from people who have already read this title. Reviews can be helpful and everyone who promotes swears by them but let’s face it, you will never see a bad review actually printed on the book. Thus being said, the reviews that are there probably are accurate.
The point is this; the cover essentially, sells the book. The most important aspect is the front of the book. This is the only part generally scene if your novel is an E-book and this is the part scene on display when you walk in the store.
Make sure you take the time and spend the money on a professional to get the cover done. You may have spent a year or more writing a great piece of literary work, but if no one picks it up, then your time will have been wasted.

About the Author:

Kraig Dafoe was born in Potsdam, New York and grew up in Canton. He played high school football and
joined the United States Army Reserves at the age of seventeen.
Kraig married at the age of nineteen and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked as a Private Security officer for The Christian Broadcasting Network and also attended the Tidewater Community College for business. 
After five years as a security officer, he became a Deputy Sheriff for the city of Chesapeake Virginia.
Kraig left the Sheriff’s office after nine years of service and pursued a couple of different business opportunities before he went on to publishing his debut novel.
Kraig is the father of five children and he currently resides in Kansas, raising his youngest son.

His latest book is the fantasy/adventure, Search for the Last Realm.

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