Why Bother Judging a Book by Its Cover?

Why Bother Judging a Book by Its Cover?

The little idiom, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is to warn us against forming a conclusive opinion about someone or something based on its appearance. But unless we are blind, we can’t help forming an opinion based on what we see. 

The Picture 

Thankfully, more than one person has complimented me on my book cover and how well it goes with the title.  It was not an easy process to come up with a title and picture that work well together. 

First, the publishing company sent me three book cover choices, none of which represented the idea I had in mind. Even though I was not 100% sure of what I wanted, I knew what they’d sent me to choose was not what I wanted.  As a result, I searched the world wide web for that one image I had in mind. 

When I finally saw the one I wanted, there was no way I could use it without permission. Though I tried multiple ways and multiple times to contact the owner of the photo, I could not. Resuming my search, I found the same photo of the curvy road with the fall colors and this time, I did not need permission to use the photo. I sent the publishers the image, and although it was more costly for me, I believe it was worth it. 

The Title

My original title for my book was Snapshots. Even though I did not like this title, it was all I could think of at the time. When I sent off my manuscript to a friend to read, she told me, “You need a better title.” She was right. Thankfully she had a few suggestions and I chose one she recommended and it fits.

Putting the title and cover together took more time and effort than I had originally thought, but, I know from experience that we all can’t help but judge a book by its cover.

Why bother judging a book by its cover? What we see speaks volumes and we don’t have to deny that.