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Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Before I started writing, I formed a readers group. We all work together so it was easy to discuss the books. The time came for our next book and I volunteered to pick one 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 many authors that they were not given a say in what their publisher 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.

Rescued from the Dark, Set to be released end of 2012

Published through Black Opal Books


What if you woke from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.

Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

3 Responses

  1. I am a cover snob. The first thing that grabs my attention when cruising goodreads is the cover. It's sort of like food. If someone puts this amazing looking plate of food in front of you, you dig right in but if it is sloppy and not appealing to the eye you sort of hesitate. I've read books that had horrible covers because the blurbs sounded interesting but the cover is what gets me in the door and gets me interested.

  2. Thanks Kristin. I do agree that covers are important, but like the old saying, don't judge a book by its cover stands true.

  3. I'm definitely a cover snob. I've passed up books because of covers, and found my absolute favorite book ever because of the cover. I'd still read a book even if the cover doesn't catch my eye if someone recommended it and gave me a reason to, but I wouldn't pick it up out of the blue from a shelf.

    I like the blurb you put up for your book. Sounds interesting!

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