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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

IWSG February 2023 Book Covers

 Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

We’re glad you’re here! It's the First Wednesday of the month; when we celebrate IWSG Day in the form of a blog hop featuring all of the members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Founded by author Alex Cavanaugh (Thank you, Captain!) and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a comfortable place to share views and literary news from our perspective writing desks as we record our journeys. Check out the February newsletter here

Our awesome co-hosts this month are:  Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia, and Gwen Gardner!   Feel free to hop around and say hello to everyone!

The optional question for this month is:  February 1 question - If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

As an Indie author, you can create your own cover or choose from any gallery you like. You can change your mind as many times as it takes to look and feel just right. It’s not free or as easy as it looks, but it is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. While Traditional publishers alleviate many of the trepidations, they also have a say in the look and feel of your cover because they control the purse strings and the timeline and prefer to keep both at a minimum.

We’ve come a long way since the first Dust Jackets. Did you know it was Lewis Carroll who first requested (1876) his titles be printed on the spines of the plain “paper wrappers” that encased his books? While that became a standard, any other printing that appeared on the front, back, or flaps of dust jackets has always been determined by the publishers. By the 1920s, much more emphasis was being placed on the Dust Jacket than the ornate binding it was created to protect as publishers began to hire commercial artists to design attractive jackets in addition to including author bios and synopsis’ on the inside flaps.

Our library had a number of old books without dust jackets. I’d run my finger over the title embossed on a cover and try to imagine the storyline. Or what the author was like. There was a certain excitement in simply wondering.

Happy writing, all!