By the Cover Alone

This post on Bookslut today made me think of something that makes me want to violently shake egotistical authors or their publicists. Why do you find it necessary to replace that nice plot summary with a picture of the author on the back cover of paperbacks? It is dumb and just because they had their hair done, bought a new suit, or stand smirking next to their latest car acquisition does not make me want to buy their book. No matter how pretty your makeup job, I will not read your book if you will not at least tell me why your characters are compelling.

–Jane, does not judge a book by its cover except when its funny