A couple of years ago, news of a popular library fundraiser spread throughout the online book world. The event invited readers to “make a blind date” with a book.
The library wrapped novels in homemade brown paper covers disguising the title, graphics, artwork, suggested genre, and flap/back cover summaries, allowing patrons to select one from the generic pile for a small donation.
In other words, trust you’ll read a good story without any expectations from a contrived title or cover.
It’s a lot to ask of a reader – like traveling blind-folded on a trip chosen by someone else, and stepping into an unknown world without any preconceptions of what you’re about to experience.
However, for many of us who write stories it’s a highly appealing proposition. Being forced to title a book can be quite a burden.
As a writer, you know you’ll immediately limit your audience and “categorize” your work with those few words – the pressure is intense to get it right.
Add art work, graphics (including all-important fonts), catchy reviews, and teasing summaries…. and you quickly realize that every book is indeed judged by it’s cover.
So what do you think? Would you read a book without a title?