Does using an initial or two in place of an author’s full first name, though, impact reader perceptions of the book or the voice within it? In other words, had S. D. Crockett’s After the Snow had her first name on it — Sophie — would readers see the book differently? Would they not believe the male voice?
I don’t think it’s a question of “believing the voice.” I think it’s a question of picking up the book at all.
Reviews, awards, and nods from important people in your industry are fantastic, but like a tree falling in the forest if you don’t tell folks about it, no one will know. Yes, you do often have to hit readers over the head with things if for no other reason than people are busy. Got an award? Shout it from the rooftops. Got tons of great reviews? Let’s see if that can be a stepping stone to something else.
I can’t even with this “hitting readers over the head” about how many great reviews you got.
Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting and inspiring to us. We’re asking illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes to create new covers for 50 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain.
Cool idea. Go submit something, wouldya? Preferably something for a personal fave–The Good Soldier.
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