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Monday, October 24, 2005

Covers

Covers are a complicated thing in publishing. They're at once dreadfully important and somehow completely superfluous to the actual point of a novel. In other words, I could read Risk Pool or Three Farmers on Their Way to Dance or James and the Giant Peach in a coverless book and still love the story just as much. So it's a balance on how much is at stake with a cover.

What you don't want is a cover that turns readers off. Like this one did for me--Wide Eyed by Trinie Dalton. This obviously was done intentionally and to appeal to an audience (the folks here think they like it) but it misses me by a very wide margin.