But when I thought about it, finding a new book is similar to but not the same as meeting new people.
We can't help the embedded instinct to size up people at first glance and judging them by their appearance. This survival instinct is rooted in human nature which helped hunters, gatherers, and fighters to decide at first glimpse if the approaching human or animal was a friend or foe.
When we meet new people we quickly judge:
1. Friend or foe: by scanning facial expression, body posture and body language.
2. Attractive or not: by looking at the overall appearance. Symmetrical features usually attract the eye as well as neatness and comparison to the beauty standards of the age we live in.
The second look at people:
We judge the way they make eye contact, talk, smile, gesture, and how the whole picture of them makes us feel. Then by communicating and interacting with the person we might go with our first impression or we change our minds. Maybe the pretty, attractive exterior hid a shallow person and vice versa, a plain exterior revealed a person who is worth our attention and perhaps we could become best friends with.
When it comes to choosing my next read, I tend to judge books differently:
I know I shouldn't, but because there are thousand of books out there on different selling sites, I tend to judge the book by its cover.
I go to my favorite genre and scroll through hundreds of books before I choose the one I like. But, I don't stop at the first book that pops up in search, unless the book cover catches my eye.
The second look at books:
I know I might miss a lot of great stories, but I tend to keep scrolling and when I find an attractive cover, I click and read the blurb and the preview pages and either buy the book or keep scrolling. By then I can pretty much decide if I like author's writing style or not.
I rarely read reviews anymore because the opinion of every reader is objective and I like to form my own opinion just about everything, including stories. I've read glowing five star reviews on books that in my opinion deserved only two stars and I also read books with one star reviews that I gave four because I liked the originality of the stories.
When I published this novella, I made it a cover that matched the story. A leather book with ancient looking rune writing. But, the book has been sitting on the bottom shelf somewhere in cyberspace, collecting cyber dust. I sold only five or six copies since it was published.
However, since I changed the cover, the book is getting more attention from readers. The story, blurb and preview pages didn't change, and the story is the same, but because the cover is more attractive, readers stop to take a second look.
About the story
A romantic suspense novella.
Dark family secrets separated Emily and Daniel when they were teenagers, but fate brought them together again. Jayden, Emily’s brother, finds a leather book in his grandmother's secret room that was written in 426 by a shaman. Emily can read the ancient runes and finds out that if the family curse remains unbroken, it will bring ruin their lives as it destroyed many of their ancestors' lives for centuries. Can they find the way to break the ancient curse? Could Emily find happiness with her childhood puppy love, Daniel?
"Szabo expertly weaves this story through both today's timeline and that of yesterday's and brings us out on the other side with an amazing ending."