Who Says An Author Can’t Hate Their Book Cover?

The thorny subject of the latest ‘shelf-shout’ book cover that’s caused a ruckus on FB for fantasy rockstar Terry Goodkind (courtesy of the inimitable Ms. Sparling). It’s a good illustration of what’s/who’s in the book presumably, but it’s a ‘catalog’ piece and the character positioning is dull, dull, dull!
I don’t have this problem as I’m my own illustrator, marketeer and publisher. It’s just the buck starts and stops with me… so I only have myself to blame! 😛

Tara Sparling writes

Every blogger in Ireland has been blogging about our rare once-in-a-lifetime snowpocalypse this week, so I’ve decided to be original and not even mention it once.


Anyhoo, I’d rather blog about Terry Goodkind. He’s been plastered over both social and anti-social media this week regarding the news that he hates his new book cover. For the record, it looks like this.

Who Says An Author Isn't Allowed To Hate Their Book Cover? Pic via Guardian.co.uk, via @RovinaCai on Twitter

Goodkind made the headlines (well, in the Guardian anyway, which as we all know is the Books section I read the most, so naturally, principles of materiality and relevance are 100% satisfied) by calling this cover “laughably bad” in a Facebook post.

Goodkind said that it was “a very good book with a very bad cover”, and offered readers the chance to win a hardback copy by participating in a poll, voting on whether the cover was “excellent” or “laughably bad”. He was subsequently snowed…

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