Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Do You Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Do You Judge A Book By Its Cover?

My name is C.K. Volnek, Author and Story Teller. My first MG book, GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND will be available September 1, 2011. Yay! It’s a tween ghost story, with some chilling Native American folklore thrown in, and based on a true mystery that has never been solved, the mystery of the Lost Colony. In 1587, 117 colonists disappeared from Roanoke Island without a trace. Many have speculated on what happened to them, but no one knows for sure.
That is until twelve-year-old Jack Dahlgren moved to Roanoke Island. He’s not exactly happy about leaving the only home he ever knew in Ohio to move into his great-grandmother’s creepy beach house. Then he discovers his side of the island is haunted by a terrible evil beast. No wonder the local kids steer clear of him.
It’s up to Jack to unravel the age-old mystery and save his family. With the help of newfound friend, Manny, a Native American Shaman, and an elusive Giant Mastiff, Jack must piece together the clues of the Lost Colony to discover what this beast is and where it came from. Shrouded in ancient Native American folklore, Jack will uncover why the evil haunts his island, but can he destroy it … before it destroys him?
And what did happen to the Lost Colony? Guess you’ll just have to read my book, GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND to find out.
But that’s enough about my book. You’re all here to find out the importance of a Cover…here we go:

How important is the cover art of a book?

This question was posed recently in my Authors’ group. I found the responses very interesting. For these writers and readers, a cover was an important draw. A good cover sets mood and tone as well as just looks good. Some people loved photographs. Others art. Some bright colors, others dark. It was unanimous overall though, that it depended upon the topic of the book and what the reader is in search of.

I found a wonderful quote regarding covers from http://www.slushpile.net/index.php/2005/12/20/the-importance-of-cover-art/

According to a Times Online article, the story you slaved over for years, and then waited two years for it to be published and hit the shelves, has about the same time it takes to sneeze once or twice to make an impression. The article, You Can Tell a Book By Its Cover, points out that “Studies show that a book on a three-for-two table has about one and a half seconds to catch a reader’s eye. If it is picked up, it is on average glanced at for only three to four seconds. ”

I decided to test it out for myself. Was the cover of a book that important to me? Was I really one of the visually fickle of today?

So, standing in front of the multitude of book at a local book store, I glanced up and down the rows and tables. I was pleased when I found I could pass by the cover art if the title jumped out and grabbed me. I looked again. When this happened, it was generally if there wasn’t much cover art to be had. I guess to my visual eye, the title was then the cover art. Sigh… I guess it still boils down to the visual grabbing me first.

So, yes…I actually did fall into that fickle visual majority when in a book store. If I see something appealing, I give it a second look. At second glance, I’ll read the title and if I like that, I’ll move onto the blurb. Sometimes I’ll move into the first page, but most times, if I’m intrigued enough by the blurb, I expect the rest of the book to do the same.

How about you? Do you judge a book by its cover?

(Mind you, this test was based strictly on window shopping. I have found I can pass by the cover if I’ve already read a review or blurb of the book. If my interest had been captured beforehand, I was already on the lookout for the book.)

Thanks for stopping by!

C.K. Volnek


Susanne Drazic said...

I don't judge a book just by it's cover. I've seen covers where I thought the book might be about one thing, but after reading the back cover, found it was something totally different.

BarbaraB said...

Charlie, I agree with you. The book's cover is very important. I am often drawn to a book by its cover art and then the title. I didn't know that about the statistics. Thanks