Does Your Book Suck … or Soar?

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

A thought provoking article by Judith Briles on The Book Designer Site:


Next month, I have the pleasure of coordinating the 4th Annual Publishing at Sea Cruise. Eight days in the sunny Caribbean in the often chilling temps that the U.S. experiences. This year, 44 awesome, unique, interesting-to-their-core authors will be venturing into a working, tax deductible, vacation.

Our group is abuzz because the cruise line has offered to sponsor/support a special book signing of our participants to all passengers and offer their books in the ship’s store … but there’s a string attached. It’s a big one for too many of the self-publishing crowd.

I had to supply a copy of each book that the authors wanted to sign/sell to our cruise contact, the “gatekeeper” final approval person. What would the book need to do to get the approval? She wanted to see for her eyes:

Is the cover…

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