A book title’s length can have a big impact on the quality of the cover.
Many authors try to pack as much information as possible into their titles. It’s an understandable instinct. The cover is the first thing potential readers will see, so you want to tell them exactly what wonders await them if they peek inside. Also, the more words you use, the wittier you can be. Right?
Here’s the problem. Say you’ve written a detailed historical record about keyboards-the kind you find on typewriters and laptops.
You’ve decided to call it The Quick Brown Fox Jumps over the Lazy Dog: A History of Keyboard Interface from QWERTY to DVORAK. You’re very proud of this title. It’s cute and clever and gets your general concept across.
It’s also unlikely to draw the eye when crammed into a relatively small space-see the first image above.
Think it’s not that bad? Try the Amazon.com-sized thumbnail directly below it. A little crowded, yes?