Judge a Book By It's Cover

Being around kids as much as I am gives me the chance to do "market research".  It's a very formal and scientific process... which consists of me casually throwing out questions to my students about the books they read.

Today's question:  "When you're in the library or a book store, what makes you choose a book?"

The overwhelming answer: The cover and the blurb.

Not that this is any big surprise.  We've all known this for a long time.  The cover is important.  The blurb is important.  But it really brought it home to hear it directly from the kids who are reading the books.

I went on to ask them what it was about a cover that drew their attention.  The most common answers were - bright colors, an interesting photo, and an attractive person.  When I asked about a blurb preferences, they told me that they were looking for something intriguing, something that made them wonder, and something that they could relate to.

So... there you have it.  Straight from the mouths of young readers.  Nothing earth-shattering, but confirmation of what we already knew.  I think it's a good reminder for us all.  I look forward to sharing my cover and blurb for "Once Again" with you very soon!

Happy reading and writing!


  1. Cool that you're using them as a target audience and discovering what they like. Good move.

    I always love your blogs.
    Teresa R.

  2. Cool! Can't wait to see your cover and hear more about your book! So exciting!

  3. Yep. Not a bit surprised. I can tell you as a YA librarian that the cover art is a must. I'll have kids pick up a book just for that reason, then ask, "What's this about?"