Do you judge a book by the cover?

Sketch for the cover of Naked and Hungry
Naked and Hungry cover sketch

After several sketches and much discussion with the artist and publisher, today my editor (Judy Geary) and I selected the final concept sketch for the cover of Naked and Hungry. Thanks to Melissa and Sarah Beth for their helpful insights; there will be some minor adjustments before it’s all said and done but I thought you’d like to see where this is going. The next step will be for the artist to create an actual painting based on the sketch you see here. I’m assuming the title will go in the blank space that’s currently the sky. I hope you like it as much as we did; here’s hoping the final piece lives up to this sketch!

When you’re deciding whether or not to buy a book, do you consider the cover? These days I primarily buy books from familiar authors, so the cover is less important. However, when I was at the National Book Festival, I overhead one attendee say to another: “I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but I always gravitate toward books with a compelling cover.”

What about you? Think about it and let me know!



2 thoughts on “Do you judge a book by the cover?

  1. Now that I have voted I must say a compelling cover does not, of course, always reveal a compelling read. Nor does a bland cover gaurantee a vanilla read. For a burgeoning, newly published author I do believe an eye catching, well thought out wrap can be of help with ensnaring potential (life-long) fans!
    Good Luck!

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