Melissa MacVicar –Author

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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Everyone has heard the saying. We tell it to our children. We use it as a metaphor for judgment in general. Don’t judge someone by how they look. By what they wear. By the things they own. But does anyone really live their whole life by this tenet? In the information age, when any and all images are just a keystroke away, is it even possible?

Well I will confess here and now that I do not. I might not rule a book out by its cover but I will definitely rule a book in based on one.  And that is why I have spent way more time than I should be admitting imagining and plotting my own book cover. Because, let’s face it, the cover is important. All the words, all the work, all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into writing the book might be for naught if the cover sucks. It might come down to this one, intoxicating, provocative mix of words and pictures created to make people want to read your book.

And so it was, when my publisher called me on Monday night and told me she was sending me something, that I almost stopped breathing. I was finally going to see it. Going to know what my book would be wearing when everyone saw it for the first time. I was going to see the first draft of my cover…

To be continued…

Author: Melissa MacVicar

Melissa MacVicar lives on Nantucket Island where she writes novels and teaches writing to seventh graders. She loves eating sweets, Downton Abbey, fantasy football, and wearing comfy pants. She loves to get messages from her readers so don't be shy!

2 thoughts on “Don’t judge a book by its cover.

  1. I am a total cover snob. I think about my cover all the time. I’m saving covers I like to a special board on Pinterest. I’m cover-obsessed.

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