I’ll also avoid the book if the author’s name is bigger than the title. That’s a dead giveaway.
That’s a hilarious. I can’t tell you how many authors I know who dream—dream I tell you—that one day their name will be bigger than the title.
I do not share this dream.
Not because I’m not as vainglorious as the other writers, but because my name is not short and compact like, say, Garth Nix. No, my name is long. Good luck on getting Justine Larbalestier bigger than the title and fitting it all on the front of the book in a way that keeps the book title legible. Kudos to the designer who can pull that off and make the book look good.
Nah, it’ll never happen.1
I don’t see Scott Westerfeld getting his name bigger than the title either. No matter how many times he makes the New York Times bestseller list.
Tis a cross we long-named authors have to bear. But at least we now know that there are some readers who’ll love us despite our names not being emblazoned huge on the front of our books. Tis some comfort . . .
- Though maybe if I gave all my books really short titles? Like It, for example. I bet no one’s ever had a book called It before.
Or maybe I could have a book called *. Won’t the booksellers and librarians love having to alphabetise that one? And wouldn’t * break all search functions? I mean, just having “or” in the title has already caused major probs! Mwahahaha! [↩]