Judging a book by… well, you know.

SOUSE

When I was a young girl, I remember looking at food I didn’t want to try (like pickled pigs feet or souse, for example) and my grandparents telling me not to judge a book by its cover.

I’ll admit, even book covers designed by amateurs don’t look as bad as souse.  If they do, well, then there’s a serious problem.

As a writer, I like to think my work should stand on its own merit and not on the quality of the cover people see before the content. Yet these days, competition is so fierce and attention spans so short, graphic design is often the first criterion used to reject a novel.

Is that fair?

Today, at AIW Press, Joan Hall takes a look at book covers and how they determine whether a book will be read. You can check out her take here.


Picture of Souse originally uploaded by Rainer Zenz at German Wikipedia (Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Never heven heard of souse before. Looks like head cheese to me, which the basque folks seem to love. I’ve eaten many a pickled pigs foot, but prefer the hocks.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      We weren’t ritzy enough to have the hocks. 😉

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      1. My wife has been watching cooking shows again. Looks like the hot new item is chicken feet. I’ve owned chickens and know where they’ve been. Plus what could actually be there?

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      2. Staci Troilo says:

        I’ve had frog legs. Never chicken feet. I agree with you… very little (if any) meat there, and ew, I know where those feet have been, too.

        Of course, I know where the eggs have been, too…

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    2. Joan Hall says:

      I saw someone on Facebook the other day who was cooking chicken feet. I’m like you, Craig. I know where those things have been. I have NEVER been that hungry.

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        Yeah, can’t say I have been, either.

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  2. I would never eat either of those. Guess I judge more than a book by its cover.

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  3. Mae Clair says:

    Pickled pigs feet. I remember seeing those things in the grocery store when I was a kid. Ugh!

    Off to check out Joan’s post! 🙂

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      I see pigs feet in the store here, but I never see souse anymore. Maybe it’s a north-thing.

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      1. Mae Clair says:

        I’ve never seen souse. Gotta admit I had to look that one up! 🙂

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      2. Staci Troilo says:

        Italians from Calabria find a use for EVERY part of the animal. {shudders}

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      3. Joan Hall says:

        We have souse here in Texas. (At least we used to.) I won’t touch it, but I will eat Chorizo. Not the healthiest thing in the world, but good and spicy!

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      4. Staci Troilo says:

        I eat chorizo. I rather like it. Then again, there are some pretty questionable things that I grew up eating that would make most people cringe, so in the grand scheme of things, chorizo isn’t that bad at all.

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  4. tpolen says:

    Pickled pig’s feet – a perfect example of why you SHOULD judge a book by it’s cover.

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  5. Joan Hall says:

    Oh, I’m with you on pig feet and souse. How can anyone eat that stuff? Thanks for sharing the post.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Happy to share, Joan.

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