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Cover Stories: Book Cover Judginess

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by Mickie.
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I do it, you do it and I bet your Auntie Muriel does it to. YA Bloggers do it and librarians do it too…everyday. Do what? Judge books by their covers. And why shouldn’t you? A book cover is designed to grab your interest so you’ll pick the book up and give the words a try!

In our Teen ARC (soon to be Beta Books) meetings we talk about book covers quite a bit and even play games where we try to make up stories based solely on book covers…it gets kinda funny (remember the spanked by flowers cover?). We really like picking covers apart to talk about what we like and what we don’t like to see in a teen book cover. The top offenders?

  • Plain Janes: We don’t like it when there is absolutely nothing on the cover at all! What’s up with that? Give us something to look at!
  • Imagination Killers: Sometimes the fun of the book is imagining the characters for yourself instead of imaging the cover model as the character.
  • NO PDA! We don’t like to watch people making out in real life and we don’t want to see it on the cover either…that goes double for those too sexy models in impossible poses on the cover. Seriously, no one can really arch their back like that. Ouch.

So how do you judge your books? Give me a shout out in the comments.

And finally for your viewing pleasure, here is how a specific book cover was made sped up to show the whole process in 1 minute and 53 seconds.




Comment on April 27th, 2012.

Good points all around! I commend the fine people who were able to come up with such an ASTOUNDING argument!


Comment on May 2nd, 2012.

They really are something, aren’t they!?


Comment on May 10th, 2012.

Hi! I can;t wait for this book club! By any chance is their a way to get your own book publish?


Comment on May 14th, 2012.

Hi Writergirl! So glad you’re excited to come to the book club! Getting published can be a challenge, but not impossible — how else do you think we have all these books in the world? ;) There are lots of sources online and in the writing community. Here’s a thread from the NaNoWriMo forums with some good links to get you started. Good luck!!

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