“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
We all know that saying is an idiom, which means don’t judge a person based on their outward appearance. True. It’s a great practice for life. One that most of us don’t really follow no matter what we say. We’re pretty good at making quick judgments.
But let’s get back to the actual statement.
George Elliot first introduced the phrase in 1860 with her novel The Mill on the Floss (yes, George was a woman). I find it greatly ironic that this statement came out of a book. This led me to wonder, “What did the cover of this book look like?” “What was George’s motivation here?” “Is this a deep life truth in idiom form, or an author who couldn’t design a good cover, literally covering his bases?”
Well, here is Elliot’s cover from 1860:
Will anyone ever know the real truth? I know this. As I am working on the book cover for my first book, everyone keeps telling me that without a good cover it will never sell.
Hmmmmmm. It seems the world does judge a book by its cover after all.
Stay tuned for a sneak peek at the process for my book cover…coming soon!