S20E1 – Myth One: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Venturing into the world of writing can be overwhelming. New authors are accosted with dos and don’ts at every turn. They must have this. Must do that. Can never do whatever that is. It’s daunting when all the writer wants to do is write. While some of the common phrases and beliefs have good roots, they are either flat out wrong or misunderstood and applied in the wrong ways. Throughout March, we will be discussing common myths in the writing world.

It starts with the old adage: don’t judge a book by its cover. While that is wonderful philosophical advice about not judging people, it cannot actually be applied to books. For one, people will always use a cover to determine interest. It’s basic human psychology. For another, it tempts authors into considering their cover less than important to the whole product.

We discuss in this episode why this is only a myth, a nice phrase often taken too literally.

First aired March 1, 2021.

About the Author
I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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