Guilty or not guilty?
A while back on Instagram someone I follow asked for feedback on a couple of draft covers for their new book. The book sounds amazing, but the draft covers I hated. After taking on a lot of feedback the final cover is wonderful. Here’s the thing though. I would never even pick up the book with the draft covers but would be happy to read it with the final cover. Same book, just different cover.
I don’t want to think to hard about what this says about me as a person, but surely I am not alone.
This is my reasoning for judging books by their covers. Books with nice covers are normally published by respected publishing houses and these publishing house tend to have decent books because they can pick and choose. So, good book = good cover.
I know this reasoning is flawed and I have read some great books with craptastic covers but these are normally based on personal recommendations not simply browsing the shelves. I have also read some horrendous books with amazing covers. I am foremost a very visual person.
Whilst my logic is very iffy I will still continue to do as I have always done. So to the authors of the world make sure you have a cracking design team to make the outside as good as your inside or I probably won’t be picking your book up.
Anyone else as shallow as me or follows the same logic? Why not share a book you read that you feel the cover didn’t do it justice (for me it would be A Discovery of Witches) or one where the cover far exceeded the books quality?
Happy reading x