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Do you judge a book by its cover?

Before I started to write I formed a readers group. We all work together so it was easy to discuss the books. It was time for our next one and I volunteered to pick it since I was always at the book store.

We all like Suspense so the genre was not hard, but a book was. We are ten women that have different likes in our stories. Some like a lot of action in the field while others want all the action in the bedroom, but they all want suspense. So finding a good mix is sometimes a challenge. During one of our sessions I brought up one I heard of and it was voted down. I asked why and the consensus was the cover did not catch their attention.

I do spend a lot of time in book stores and realized I would pass up a book because the cover did not catch my eye, shame on me.

I really liked the blurb on this book so I decided to try something.  I went to the author site and copied the excerpt she had online and passed it to the group. After reading it they realized it was a book they were interested in. Since we buy our own books they wanted to know the title. They were surprised to see it was the one they voted down.

With my first book coming out soon picking a cover makes me nervous. My contract states I have a decision in the choices, just not sure how much of one. I’ve heard from other authors that they were not given a say in what was picked and some did not like what they were given.

My small group is no longer a cover snob. We have learned our lesson. It’s not what’s on the front that counts; it is what you find inside. That’s where you find an authors voice, and an amazing story.

So tell me, are you a cover snob?

Have you ever had a cover you did not like?

Do you think it affected your sales?

I’m not a cover snob anymore but some nice man candy will pull me towards a book any day.  :}

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5 thoughts on “Do you judge a book by its cover?

  1. I definitely gravitate to the man-candy! Luckily, the cover gods have favored me so far. It’s nice to have publishers who understand the story/characters/vision.

  2. While I’m not sure the right cover can sell a book, I do believe that the wrong one can hurt a story’s chances of reaching the right audience. Covers are indeed a tricky business. 🙂

  3. You’re right Margaret, a bad cover can hurt. Hopefully we will all be blesses by the cover gods like Sandra has. I know I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for stopping by.
    Lynda

  4. I admit to judging a book by it’s cover. I also read the blurbage, but the cover is what catches my eye. The first book cover I was sent by my publisher was lovely but in no way captured the essence of my story, the characters were not representative of my hero and heroine…at all. I wondered if the artist had bothered to read the cover questionnaire I was required to fill out. I politely but emphatically said, “No.” The second was much better. I’m glad I protested.
    I know eye candy always sells better as was proven by the cover of my second novel. I had to refuse the first on that one too. It was worth it!

  5. A good cover helps and a bad cover hurts, but it’s about the blurb. If it doesn’t grab me I shelve that puppy like it has cooties. No pressure producing good blurbs for my novels. 😉

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