Judging a Book by its Cover

I was reading my TI sheet for Courting Trouble which releases 1 October from Carina Press and I noticed that the graphic designer responsible for its cover is Croco Designs. This is wonderful news because they do some of the best graphics in the romance world. Wanted: One Scoundrel is one of their covers. You can see it in the sidebar. Fantastic work.

But as I wait (more or less patiently) to see the cover for Courting Trouble, it got me thinking about that old phrase, “choosing a book by its cover”, and you know what? I just don’t.

That’s the plain truth. For all my excitement when I see the covers for my own books, when I buy a book to read, the cover is irrelevant. Unless my subconscious is extremely sneaky, covers don’t affect my buying habits at all.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the sheer artistry involved. My favourite cover artist is Paul Kidby for the way he’s brought to life Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. And if you click on Paul Kidby’s link, I am NOT responsible for your new addiction to all things Discworld.


3 Replies to “Judging a Book by its Cover”

  1. I have to admit, I do judge a book by its cover. I still read an excerpt before I buy, but a good cover is a better impetus to make me 'crack the spine'.

    You have been blessed by the cover gods. Me, I prefer the covers I designed myself.