Yeah, yeah, we know you’re not supposed to judge a book (or anything else) by it’s physical appearance, but who doesn’t? I’m always amazed by books with if not ugly, then insipid covers. Publishers spend good money on getting a title out, why put out something overtly trite?

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has wonderfully smart and snarky things to say about covers (warning: definitely PG-13 and up) and is generally a brilliant blog of all things romance.

On the kid/YA front, my personal affront is for Shaper by Jessie Haas. It’s a great story about a young man grieving over his late dog and falling in love. It also is an excellent intro to clicker training (which sounds wierd, but there you are). But still, that cover!

Blech.

I’ve been fooling with other covers:

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If I could just figure out how to print it out on 11×17….

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