Seeing a book cover come together is an important step psychologically to any author, especially a first time one. It means you’re on the home stretch!
I learned a lot about what makes a good cover from the feedback I solicited from other authors, my friends and colleagues, those in my RP Support Group and my readers from all walks, sighted and vision-impaired. I learned how our eyes sweep across a page and what elements make that sweep smooth and what creates obstacles, especially for vision-impaired readers.
It’s almost the same process as moving ahead with my cane to my destination, seeking the obstacles ahead of time so that my movement will be smooth and confident.
That’s what I did when I started looking at possible covers. I loved the whole process, selecting possible photos, turning it over to an expert, seeing the way the colors fit together. I love the fact I’m walking down the steps of a school and into the world, how one foot is leading the other, where the tip of my cane is heading and where I know it’s going to hit to move me forward. I love the shapes and ambiance of the fonts. Someone mentioned that the M being on top of the M mimicked the stairs. I thought that was cool. The cursive letters make me feel as if God is cushioning my steps because they’re round and airy. I imagine that He is walking ahead of me just as the scripture says, “His rod and his staff, they comfort me,” in Psalm 23:3. So I feel as if God is breathing on the hard cement and that puff is guiding my way, even when my actual steps are a little crooked. I love the few leaves, which have fallen on the steps because that tells me I’ve stepped into a time and a season.
This is my season.
The season that tore me up in 2009.
The season I didn’t know what to do.
The season God did know what to do.
You notice I’m not yet at that bottom step in this picture, right?
That’s what 2009 was all about.
It’s about a journey that started with one foot, one cane, one set of sleepshades, one faith, one mobility instructor, one faltering yet determined soul and one Father overseeing all.
This book is for you if you want to experience fear and optimism at the same time, if you know what it’s like to be in the dark in the midst of extreme uncertainty, or if you want to know what it’s like to move about in blinders where you can see nothing ahead in your path. And after all that, you can still come out in the light–somehow, some way stronger and with a more confident vision.
If this is what you’re seeking, then this book is for you!
© Copyright Amy L. Bovaird, April 2014.
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