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I did a guest post over at The Night Bazaar: Cover Art Covers are kind of a big deal. Even as ebook sales increase, readers who browse bookstores and libraries are still a large part of the reading/buying audience. Even if the publisher does get the book placed in the new release stands at the front of the chain stores, or faced out in the regular shelves, a passing glance at the cover may be all the chance it gets to make a sale. Covers are also important for attracting the attention of the chain book buyers. They don’t give space or prominent placement to covers they don’t think will sell.

There are a lot of theories, and superstitions, about what makes a good book cover, like the superstition that having non-white characters prominently featured will cause the book to magically fail. This one has been offensive to writers and readers for a long time.



Juliet E. McKenna: Women being published in SF - an issue for all genre readers


If you're on Twitter, check out the #YAsaves tag, as a response to the Wall Street Journal article on YA fiction.

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Yeah, it's weird. There's a quote from Anthony Boucher from back in the 40s, talking about mysteries, where he said he didn't understand why there weren't more female detectives and protagonists in novels, when there were so many great female writers and editors in the field.

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