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What Should You Say On The Cover Of Your Novel?

Tips from a Penguin Books copywriter with an example of great cover copy for the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Janice Harayda
Lit Life
Published in
3 min readMar 19, 2023

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Covers of the Australian edition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ / Penguin AU

You have the title and, if you’re lucky, a few lines of advance praise from readers. But what else should go on the cover of your novel (or the flaps or…

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Janice Harayda
Lit Life

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.