Gendered Covers

Have you guys seen this article? If not, please, please click over and take a look.

Apparently author Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star and a whole host of other novels that I’ve never read) came up with a challenge for her Twitter followers called Coverflip. The results are stunning. Stunning. 

The implications as a female writer just starting out are scary. When I do land that book deal someday, I don’t want a vapid cover with hearts and Jane Everygirl. I want something bold, artistic, interesting. Something like the Throne of Glass cover by Ardawling. It’s gorgeous and so much more than the original.


The Original. Which book would you pick up?


Maybe I’ll be lucky and in a few years things’ll change. I hope so. I don’t want to publish under a pen name, though it’s fairly easy to male-ify mine. JR Cole Jackson. JC Jackson. J. Jackson. Cole Jackson.

Here’s the Tumblr to see all of the flips. They’re quite amazing.

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2 thoughts on “Gendered Covers

  1. Beth Ooi says:

    JC Jackson immediately makes me think “Jesus Christ Jackson.” Which is a pretty badass name.

    • Jessi says:

      Before I got married I used to joke that I shared my initials with God (which may be some sort of blasphemy)…

      JC Jackson will definitely be on the table, should I ever have to pretend to be a male author (blarghck).

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