Everyone knows the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” But, we all do it. I do it. I won’t even pick up a book if I don’t like the cover; unless its name draws me in, or I love the author.
But, this post isn’t about book covers. I’m curious as to if you judge an author based on what he or she looks like. I’ve seen authors with many different physical appearances. Some are very neat and you always see them dress well, while others look like they spend all their time writing in mountains. Does this change how you view them as a writer?
Surely an author’s look doesn’t change their writing, just as a book cover doesn’t change the content inside. However, books sit on both real and digital shelves for years going unsold due to poor covers. Is this the same case as with the author?
Are you more willing to read a book by an author who looks professional? I mean, I have tattoos, my ears are gauged, (not disgustingly huge, however), and I have several tattoos. Does this change how you view me as a writer?
Note: Your answers won’t hurt my feelings, haha.