We’re told never to judge a book by it’s cover. It’s a load of crap. I do it all the time. But these book covers take judging to a whole new level.
When I came across this article, and I was told about a website dedicated to ‘crap book covers’, I’ll be honest, I underestimated how crap they would be. I don’t mean to sound like a bitch, but they’re really terrible.
Here’s a direct link to the tumblr page ‘Lousy Book Covers’. I’d recommend a look, if not for some lols, for the learning. Looking through the pages of dodgy photoshops, cartoon drawings and cut and pastes has made me really think about how important a good book cover is.
I remember in an editing class I did, we looked at the marketing of different books. The ones that publishers had high hopes for, the ones they thought were really going to rake in the cash, were adorned with shiny lettering, with the authors name in massive font, and were slightly bigger in size. Other novels were more average sized, paperbacks, plain lettering, not as fancy.
I’d taken these things for granted, but the publishers really do expect you to judge a book by it’s cover. And a lot of the time, it works.
Sometimes as writers we don’t get a whole lot of say over our book covers. I know some of my teachers who’d been published hadn’t been happy with cover proposals, but couldn’t do much about it. I can’t help but think I’d be kind of shattered.
Kudos to the writers featured on ‘Lousy Book Covers’ for getting their works out there, but I can’t get past the fact that if that was my novel, my baby, I wouldn’t settle for any old picture.
But I guess the cover of the book and the marketing of it is just another of the major realities of the publishing process, and sometimes it just gets ugly.