One of the blessings/curses of being a fiction writer is that I spend a lot of time surfing the internet for my research. (Other people waste time on the internet, but I’m doing research. Honest.)
I’ve gone down all sorts of rabbit holes, but it really messed with my mind the day I discovered illusory superiority and the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Dunning and Kruger’s tests showed that the less competent a person is in any given field, the more likely they are to think they’re an expert.
Yep, the dumber we are, the smarter we think we are. (Which explains why 90% of drivers think they’re better than average. You math majors, stop giggling.)
When I first read about that study, I had an ‘Aha!’ moment: At last I understand why there are so many idiots out there who think they know everything. It’s immensely annoying to those of us who do.
Seriously, though, I know I’m not good at everything. In fact, I know I suck resoundingly at a lot of things. But in the things I think I do well…
What if I’m just too stupid to know the difference?
Thanks for nothing, Dunning and Kruger. You’ve made me second-guess everything I once thought I knew. And seeking constructive criticism won’t help: Apparently there’s another cognitive bias that lets people believe only the parts of criticism that they want to hear, while disregarding the uncomfortable bits (i.e. the information that could actually help them improve).
So now that my brain has been twisted into a particularly unattractive macrame project, I’m really glad I live out in the country so I can wander around mumbling to myself without anybody calling the nut-catchers. (Fortunately Hubby is used to me mumbling to myself, so I’ve got a free pass there.)
I have no illusions of superiority in the field of graphic design. So I’m hoping that all you brilliant readers will help me: I’m thinking of updating the covers for the Never Say Spy series.
I still like the current covers, but the latest trends lean toward lots of colour and bold fonts. Also, the current covers don’t hint that there’s a sense of humour in the stories, and I’m wondering whether a different design might draw in readers who aren’t necessarily looking for a hardcore shoot-’em-up thriller.
Here are the original and proposed covers side by side — what do you think?
Please click on the poll below to vote. The first five questions are for everyone, and the last question is only for people who have actually read the series. And if you have any other comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear them — please drop them in the comments section of this post.
Thank you so much for your help! 🙂