After working on my new book all summer: sewing samples, photographing the stages, and explaining it all with text, it came time to design the cover. I thought that using a photo of my work, “Panning for Gold” would be great since it has won a couple of awards this year. That’s when I discovered the benefits of having a great editor and designer looking out for me.
It was pointed out to me that the cover I proposed was drab in color and portrayed an old, poor man, working hard in an icy mountain stream–No joy there!! I was also forced to consider how the cover would look on a website where it would appear only a few inches high. Details are lost, and colors blend together. A cover has to work at full size and in miniature.
Another consideration is how the book will be displayed in a shop. Often books are stacked on shelves that allow only the top 2 inches of the book to be seen. This means that those top 2 inches are prime real-estate.
Finally, I didn’t want to add a subtitle. Sometimes those seem to go on forever. I like short and sweet. Again, my team showed the value of using this opportunity to further define my book topic for those who are not familiar with my work.
I can’t say enough good things about Janice Brewster, editor, and Karen Sulmonetti, designer. They are The Creative Girlfriends. If you are thinking about writing a book, click on their link and get started.
With all of this in mind, it was back to the drawing board, and sewing machine, for a new and improved cover. Here is what we came up with: