We all do it ... judge a book by its cover.
And the title, too. It's hard not to.
This is the cover of a new ebook I put together. I like the cover, but I wonder if the black cloud, or the title, could be off-putting.
After all, even though that bird is coming out from under the black cloud hanging over its head, who wants to admit they're feeling out of sorts?
The ebook is available for download on Waystation Whistle, so public opinion on the cover will be clear. It's a test: lots of downloads = it works. Not so many? Not so good.
Good days and not so good
I wrote the book because in the last few months I've had good days and not so good days. The days when I'm able to turn things around are the days I do something. Something I enjoy.
At least for a little while.
It's the distraction that makes things better. To step away from my routines, the news, my work, and worries.
How are you doing?
Even if things are going well for you today, consider downloading the book and passing it on. Maybe it could help someone you know. Share it with them ... and let me know what you think.
A cover that does work
Last week I submitted the cover for my book, A Snail Mail Guide to Cursive Writing, for a public, online review by a publishing company.
You've seen the early sketch.
Because I'm self-publishing the book, I was interested in getting feedback from professionals in the book business. More than 600 covers were submitted. Yesterday I watched the webinar, wondering if my cover design would be selected. It was.
Of course my initial excitement was quickly tempered with the knowledge that I had to be prepared to hear the good ... and the bad, so I braced myself.
Would it be a good review? Yes, it was. And I have to admit, it felt good.
What did they say?
"Really nice. It's got a retro vibe."
"This has that cohesion, that gestalt ... where it just feels really tight."
And two suggestions: remove "by" in front of the author's name, and "make the author's name bigger." Done. Here's the final.
Of course the cover is just one element in writing and pulling together a book. It's a lot of work. If you've got a book, ebook, report, or magazine idea simmering and need help with the structure, inside layout, or editing, let's talk.
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ebooks • books • magazines • reports • catalogs
I'm writing a book.
Here's the working title:
The Snail Mail Guide to Cursive Writing Practice
I'm fairly sure the title isn't catchy enough, but it tells it like it is. Maybe that's good? I'm working on it.
It's an instruction book for writing in cursive and using letter writing as a way to practice.
But why write a book about two outmoded topics?
I believe they still matter.
My deadline for the first draft is the end of this month.
After that? I've got a few letters to write.
P.S. Are you writing a book? Or thinking about writing a book?
I can help you with organization, structure and flow, copy editing, and design. Call (207) 252-9757 or email me today to talk about your book project.
P.P.S. Need some letter writing ideas or encouragement? Take a peek at my letter writing site: Postmark1206.
* Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-term Comprehension
**Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing?