August Bethany House Books: First Impressions

Amy Green, a publicist for Bethany House Publishers, discusses first impressions of books based on title, cover, and first page in this BH post.

How does a book’s cover, title, or first page influence you as a reader? Do you pick up a book because of its cover, its title, the blurb inside the front or on the back, the author…?

Bethany House Fiction

You can’t judge a book by its title…but it is the first thing you’ll notice to give you a hint at the story.

You can’t judge a book by its cover…but you should be able to get a sense of what the book is like or where it’s set.

And you can’t judge a book by its first page…but hopefully it should intrigue you enough to keep you turning pages!


For our two August releases, I wanted to give these theories a little test. As you read, think: what were my first impressions of this book? What questions did the author make me ask? What sort of story am I expecting? Then see if your answers match mine.

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