on the other hand

I loved this cover. I bought the book in part because I liked the cover so much. (edited: I had a Monica book there, and I loved her cover, but this is the one I bought because of the cover.)


Okay so from now on, every damn romance will sport a purple minerva press cover and only the writing may sell the book.

No wait, then good romances would be overlooked by fools who won't read the genre.

Right. So each book published will have a smiley face or a frowny face on it, depending on the end of the book.

my next book cover

edited to add more acceptable covers:
Literary books with no plot--face with question mark above 'em
Mysteries--faces with X's for eyes.
Cookbooks--faces taking bites out of relevant cuisine

Phew. Glad that's settled.

But really, I shall seize control my own part of the universe and I hereby decide to see the avoidance of AA books as a "not being a member of the club thing" (see previous post) rather than racism. I have decided this because life is too short to lie awake worrying about strangers' idiocy. I barely have enough time to address my own personal nonsense.

What is with the spacing in this damn blog?


  1. Actually, that is a lovely cover, and it would get me to pick up that book far more easily than a neutral "Let's hide the fact that the protagonists are black, so white people won't be put off" cover.

    I mean, it's two very attractive people on a the cover of a romance novel. Who doesn't love seeing attractive people on the covers of romance novels, regardless of their race?

  2. That last sentence made me laugh out loud. I thought you were being artsy fartsy with your white space. I was scrolling up and down and going..."Look at that, will ya?"

  3. yeah, I know I LOVE how happy and open that cover is. (I raved about it when it first came out)

    Hell if I know how to what to do. I mean, I really do see that the AA romances are marketed to a specific crowd and I'm not who they have in mind. How to change that? I guess what Anne and Sara said. Make sure you do publicity all over the place.

  4. This whole conversation is totally fascinating, even though I'm not following the debate on whatever other blog you're all reading. And like I wrote before, there are parallels in other genres and for writers from other oppressed/marginalized/minority/whatever groups. So thanks!

  5. I'm not sure whether the segregated shelving problem is as prevalent for writers working in other genres. For example, do Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany end up on the SF or on the AA shelf? Or what about the Easy Rawlins (forgot the author's name) books? Crime or AA? For that matter, what do they do with Alexandre Dumas pere?


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