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Friday Poll ~ How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

As always, we’ll first look at the results of last week’s poll—What’s Your Author-Gender Preference? 

How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

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1st Place was “It shouldn’t matter what the gender of the author is”

2nd Place was “I have no author-gender preference”

3rd Place — “I don’t pay much attention to the gender of the authors I read”

4th — “I’ve found no difference between male and female authors”

5th Place was a two-way tie:

I tend to prefer female authors” & from the “Other” space, “I like to read work from writers who can write well”

We also had one Comment from within the Poll (which is available from a small link at the bottom After you’ve voted…):

“I feel that literature is literature and that the gender of the author should not matter in order for the reader to enjoy a book ….and yet in this world, which likes to categorise everything nowadays in order to sell it, I feel, that a divide has been created for marketing purposes which serves neither female or male authors. My experiences as an author make me feel that my next book should perhaps be written under a gender neutral name :-)”


Now for this week’s poll.

Multiple answers are allowed.

The “Other” Space is there for your unique answers.

And, Comments can be made from within the poll after you vote

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4 responses to “Friday Poll ~ How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

  1. juliecround February 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Your timing is fantastic. My book designer just sent me a proof of the possible cover for my next book. I chose the photo from the web, but I wasn’t certain whether it was simple enough. Fussy covers don’t always work, but this picture was exactly how I imagined a scene in the story.
    I’m 99% sure it is fine – but it is unusual and a traditional publisher might reject it. I’ll take the weekend to consider it. Would I buy a book with that cover? It would certainly make me curious about the content but it isn’t instantly appealing. If I go with it I’ll put it up for you all to see.


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 6, 2015 at 11:33 am


      Thank you for your comment.

      I find it interesting because I chose a cover for my last book that wasn’t “normal” but did express what I felt was an important aspect of the book.

      It’s a good thing the cover isn’t the only thing a reader uses to decide which books to buy :-)


  2. philipparees February 6, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    An attractive cover might induce me to pick up a book, but the first three pages plus a dip into the middle will be the basis of buying it. On the other hand an unattractive cover would discourage even looking at it, so I do think covers matter, and in indie published books they tell you about the author, whereas in traditional published books they don’t, so perhaps they matter more for indies!


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