I’ve been away for a few days, but I’m back with something I’d like to discuss.
Today I want to discuss visual elements for your story. It’s quite obvious that readers enjoy pictures.
For example, look at Hogwarts from Harry Potter:
Yes, we all know that readers can imagine the scenes for themselves, but in this day in age of YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, visuals can play a key role in gaining readers for your story. For anyone who uses Twitter and Tumblr, doing a quick post with text and a picture can be the key to gaining more followers.
Even just a book teaser, an attractive book cover or character drawing can lure readers to your story. You can give the readers a preview of your world, and that preview can say so much about your story. In the bookstore, and even TV shows, what are the first things the readers or watchers see?
- Book Cover and/or TV promo – Besides the blurb, we all know the book cover is the readers’ doorway to your book. If the book cover is engaging, with a sense of style and tone for your story, the reader will do the next step – open the book! Or if online, click on it!
Then hopefully the reader will be:
Then, after reading some of your book, they’ll be like:
Yeahh…that’s more than likely not going to happen, but hey, your book could still be the story they’ve been looking for.
Now, onto the next question! What does getting a physical image of your characters do for potential readers?
- Relate to the characters, or make them more interested in reading – Yes, getting a visual of your character may help the readers relate to them. You may even get:
…well…at least they tried, or you may get,
At least they liked your character enough to dress like them =)
I don’t want this post to go too long, but visuals help enhance your story. If you have any extra money lying around, I highly advise getting some commissions on your characters and scenes done. When I first started writing Clash of Tides, barely any readers were interested. However, when I got this picture of Assan done, readers were flocking to the story.
This picture cost me $15, and the artist worked with me through every step of the drawing process. The cover for the story was created by a designer on Wattpad.
Also, now since I have gifs in my blog post, I’ve noticed more people are visiting my site^^ Readers like visuals. I don’t know why, but they just do. If you have any questions about where to find an artist for commissions, let me know!
Again, visuals are important to your online presence as a writer. To my fellow writers, do you have any images for your stories? If you do, has it helped you gained any readers?