For those of you that are NOT yet aware… I am INDEED a cover whore… I know right? *shocked gasps of disbelief pass throughout the blogosphere*
Now… We’ve ALL seen gorgeous covers (see below)
I’m a fan of covers with people on them I suppose… But I also love covers like this:
Just a random FYI… I LOVE covers with birds on them. Weird right? AnyCrazyBirdLady… Another dose of randomness because I know you guys LOVE it when I stray WAY off topic- that green symbol up there on Quaranteen is a ZOMBIE symbol!! So EPIC win!
Okay, okay, okay so ALL of the above are GORGEOUS and intriguing covers right? I know that a pretty cover doesn’t mean “good book”. But GUARANTEED- I would see any one of these books in a store and pick it up to at LEAST read the back purely because of the cover.
The reason for this post is simple… I HATE ugly book covers. I just do. Sorry, that I’m a book cover whore SNOB… but that’s the hand we’ve been dealt here. Don’t get me wrong, what I deem unacceptable to even set my pop can on- so as not to leave rings on my table- someone else (who must be BLIND) might think it’s pretty. Here’s my situation… I’m very VISUAL.
The following types of visual stimulation- MAKE ME HAPPY-
(contact her & she’ll make your book gorgeous on the outside)
With art such as THIS available (see above)… there is just no reason for indies or anyone else for that matter to be rocking an ugly book cover. I could LITERALLY get lost in Claudia’s art.
You might be asking yourself what prompted this particular outburst? Well as book reviewers/bloggers we recieve tons of book review requests per week. (even if our review policy states that we aren’t currently accepting them- just sayin)
And I’m okay with this in general… but as my TBR review queue has reached the point of absolute ridiculousness- a book has got to sound AND look ‘BLOW MY MIND’ fabulous for me to accept it.
So here’s the deal, an author/publisher sends me a review request and the synopsis goes something like this:
Zombie Girls of 2012
Blah, blah, blah… 17 year old ‘random girl’ was a totally average chick (come on- 3/5 YA book synopsis start this way…don’t deny it!) until the dead started to rise and feed on living flesh. Forbidden love… tragedy strikes…. humanity at stake.
Alright so the Zombie loving Brunette has been intrigued… scrolling down…
looking for more info… AND…
You’re getting my “Too bad, so sad letter.”
(I threw this together with an UGLY movie cover as an example)
This very thing happened very recently and prompted me to post an inquiry on Twitter about whether or not it would be considered RUDE to alter my Review Policy to include: “If your book has an ugly cover don’t bother submitting a request.”
This was my EXACT tweet (I’m not really known for my subtly) :
Is it rude to have in my review policy, “Ugly covers need not apply.” ?? My patience is wearing thin. Help me.
@Bookbrunette Mwaha! Nooo, not rude… I don’t think… I’m sorry, I’m awful. 95% of the time I refuse to read an ugly covered book >__<
|Kara Malinczak (@Kara_Malinczak)
@Bookbrunette No, honestly, I usually don’t read ugly book covers. It has to appeal to me in some way.
|Bruce Priddy (@MisterPriddy)
@Bookbrunette an ugly book cover, yes. An unprofessional cover, no.
|Cindy Bacon (@Tynga)
@Bookbrunette I have to admit I’m put off by bad covers. I’ll only purchase the book if I hear raving reviews from bloggers I trust.
|Michael Kozlowski (@MAKozlowski)
@Bookbrunette Covers are the draw. They are the first thing you know about books. Does it “look” like a book you’ll enjoy? Look cheap?
|Insightful Minds (@IM_BookReviews)
@Bookbrunette I personally think that covers are a big part of sparking interest. While the blurb can sound amazing; the cover can divert.
|Cassie C (@CassayC)
@Bookbrunette I will only read a book with a bad cover if I hear it’s really really good from twitter otherwise Id prob overlook it :S
|The Book Vixen (@TheBookVixen)
@Bookbrunette If a picture is worth a thousand words then a book cover is worth tens of thousands of words. Thus a cover has a huge impact.
|The Book Vixen (@TheBookVixen)
@Bookbrunette I’m less likely to read the synopsis if a book has a bad cover, and therefore less likely to read said book.
@Bookbrunette There are too many books to read, not enough time, and we have limited resources. You’re gonna read the book that appeals the confidence in the book, and don’t want to invest in getting it well done, and giving it a chance?
|βetωeeϰ The Pαgες
@Bookbrunette I will put that shit off until I read a review that MAKES me read it. Bad covers suck. Balls.
I realize that no one actually THINKS they have an ugly book cover… but um…. COME ON. My two favorite points made by fellow tweeters were:
The Book Vixen (@TheBookVixen)
I’m less likely to read the synopsis if a book has a bad cover, and therefore less likely to read said book.
This is completely true right? I mean really… If the COVER doesn’t catch my eye, then I won’t pick up the book to even CHECK what it’s about. Now say I read the synopsis first… THEN find out it has a SUPER ugly cover… Meh… just depends. I honestly DO NOT have time anymore…
This is also very true… because there is a HUGE difference!
So I ask YOU guys… What do YOU think?
Will you read a book with an ugly cover? Why or why not?
Have you read a book with an ugly cover that COMPLETELY blew your mind? What was it?
by Claudia McKinney of PhatPuppy Art