Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Smartest Readers I Know
What you might not know is that often authors don't get to choose the name on the cover of their books. I don't mean choose as in "Mary" instead of "Jane," but choose as in "I want my real name on the cover." There are many valid reasons why a publisher might want an author to take on a pseudonym, but the one that has always dumbfounded me is: "so readers aren't confused."
I think it's crazy to imagine that a reader--a person who reads!--would have any trouble at all looking at the cover of book one, comparing it to the cover of book two, and seeing a difference. And--and that's a very big and--even if they missed catching that one has a historical gown and a hot Duke on the cover and the other has a werewolf, wouldn't said reader simply flip the book over and read the back cover? What degree in rocket science is required for such higher thinking?
I think that changing an author's name is far more confusing than an author changing genres or dabbling in many genres.
What do you think? Looking at the two covers in this post, can you figure out that the stories will be entirely different? I thought so. :)
BTW, Kissing Kris Kringle, a quick eRead, releases November 16. Haunting Embrace is available now!
Thanks for listening to my little rant!
Posted by Erin Quinn at 7:06 AM