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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Something to think about

  Whether a book is on the library shelf or the bookstore shelf or an on-line book seller, the first thing someone usually does is go the genre section or favorite author he/she is interested in and unconsciously renders an opinion of the cover while reading the title. 

  It’s all about a first impression. People will wonder if the writing is the same quality as the cover and title. The cover and the title serve to introduce the tone of the story and the author’s voice. These two items can be an author’s best start and best shot at gaining a reader’s attention. A writer’s target audience also considers a book’s overall appearance. In addition to cover art and titles, even the quality of the paper in a hardcover or paperback can affect a reader’s choice of books.

  Quoting a Facebook post commenting on an author’s cover reveal: “Congrats. Awesome title and cover. Can’t wait to read.” 

  Conversely, another post read: “I love cover art that looks professionally done. I am not attracted by a book with a cover that looks amateurish….”

  Granted, traditionally published authors don’t usually have the same control over the cover art that self-published authors do. The publisher may or may not work with the author to develop the final cover art. But for self-published writers who do have control over the cover art, if you’re not a professional illustrator or art design expert, consider hiring one of those to create the cover art.  Which is what Rebecca Barrett Author did for her novel, “The Rat Catcher.”

  Embedded in an eye-catching cover is an eye-catching title. Getting a buyer/reader’s attention is Marketing 101 for any kind of sales, and for authors, that’s why there is such a big to-do over cover reveals.

  A traditional publisher has a say, usually the final decision, on the title they want to publish. They can choose to refine or reject an author’s favorite. 

  On the other hand, the autonomous self-published author has the final say-so. Google searches or visiting the local library’s shelves can help inspire an initial idea. (I’m often inspired by a narrative or dialogue line from somewhere in the middle or end of my story.) Caveat: The final decision on a title should include considering the comments of editors, critique partners, and fellow members of writing organizations.

  That all-important first line, first page, and first chapter enter the decision to buy or not to buy after the reader is attracted enough to pick up the book and scan through it.

  First and ultimately, covers and titles are invitations to read.


  On Jane Friedman’s blog, editor Tiffany Yates Martin offers some thoughts on Why Your Flashbacks Aren’t Working | Jane Friedman


“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. 
It's because of them I'm doing it myself.”     ― Albert Einstein


  Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you and yours.


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