Book covers and titles

Being an avid reader and browser of bookshops, I am naturally saddened by the closing of so many. Since the invention of Kindle tablets (great for travelling), self-publishing and the enthusiasm for everything technical, especially by the ‘young’ and younger, printed books have taken a pounding. Yes, I do own a Kindle – courtesy of youngest son – and it seemed a sensible option as some of my books are available thereon, but I must record my preference for paperbacks. There’s something about the smell and feel of a new book which doesn’t compare.

Previously, while ‘grazing’ along bookshelves, I was always drawn – not only by favourite authors – but by the colour and design of a cover; and the title. The very next attraction was the blurb on the back cover. Like that first look at a famous, or alluring, painting, there is, at times, a simple gut reaction, almost akin to the buzz you get from flirting…or meeting someone special.

If searching for a specific book, then it is obviously different.

This subject has reared its head because my last book – and first novel – THE CATALYST (naturally thinking the title apt for the story) seems to be very popular; too popular… There are no less than seven titles with a similar name! Which one to choose? It’s a bit like playing eeny meeny, miney, mow. Agents, publishers and authors who give more careful thought to the cover and title of a book are to be applauded.

If a title is titillating or different to the norm in any way AND the design and colouring of the book draws a potential reader in, you are halfway nearer a sale. Both really are just as important as each other. I’ll think long and hard before releasing my next book (still marinating!)

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3 thoughts on “Book covers and titles

  1. Yes, I agree Joy, there is a danger of many books with the same title. I wrote to Nikki when I was ordering her book to say that there were two books with the same title. Maybe it pays to check out Amazon before you choose a title. This is what I did for my latest book ‘Where Lies My Heart’ – but it doesn’t mean to say that there will not be one with the same title before I get mine published!

  2. Thanks Kathy. ‘Time’ seems to be the key, but then some books take longer to write and get published than others (or it could be that some authors are slower in producing them…). I suppose being as original/different as to the title, is the answer.

  3. Great lively piece Joy and I too, prefer a book in my hands…especially if I have to turn back to re-read something! Titles are always tricky..need some special inspiration to get it right and, of course, check it hasn’t been used before!

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