The cover I chose for my memoir!

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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16 thoughts on “About My Memoir

  • April 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Yay, I love finding more Christian bloggers and writers. Have you heard of Joni Erikson Tada? She has a ministry. Wishing you much success!

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Meredith,
    Yes, I’ve heard of Joni Erikson Tada. I’ve seen her artwork and heard of her ministry but haven’t actually read any of her books. She is amazing! Please come back to the blog and check out some of my humorous stories!

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I know several authors and the cover has been as much a labor of love as writing the book for them. Continue to enjoy your journey.

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    That’s it, Catherine! That’s how it feels. I wanted it to depict just the right images to propel the reader into my story. =)

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Great cover! As a publisher, I look at a LOT of covers and give a LOT of feedback about them.

    I love the colors in yours; it really pops! And good move on picking a clean font for the main title; it should be readable even as a tiny thumbnail. Your image is engaging without being busy.

    And HUGE congrats on the book! It’s a big deal: celebrate!

  • April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    So looking forward to reading this book. The cover is amazing – as is the author!

  • April 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Amy, you said this so eloquently. Having been in a place of darkness myself 20 years ago, you get to a place where you know all you can is trust God. It’s a scary step. What if He disappoints you? But He brings you through any disappointment and you do come out stronger with His light shining the way.

    Congratulations on the book! May God use it to bring thousands out of the darkness.

  • April 9, 2014 at 5:10 am

    You continue to inspire me!
    Thank you
    Jean Jacobs 🙂

  • April 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Cool thing here, at least, judging by the cover and the preview blog posts, this book seems to be not so much about you but about our Lord’s guiding you through the peaks and plummets of the last few years. There ya go!

  • April 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations, Amy! I’m so happy for you! I love the cover. So packed with meaning. And I’m sure the book will be as well. You are such an inspiration. I always love your 20-20 attitude. 🙂

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much, Kimberly!
    I shared your comment with the graphic design artist as well as the photographer I chose to work with me on the cover. I’m sure your compliment made their day as well! Your words confirm that God is answering my prayers about this publication!

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    You are such a blessing to me!
    Your unflagging support pushes me forward.

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you, Debra! I’m praying this book will appeal to and encourage many–both vision-impaired and sighted.

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Jean,
    Thank you, but as you always say, it’s God working through our messy lives. He asks only for our trust and obedience so that we can point the way to Him. =)
    Love you!

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Absolutely! It’s all about God guiding me through the difficulties of my vision loss, giving me tools to cope, and replacing my doubt with His confidence.
    You do know exactly what I’m talking about.

  • April 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, thank you! You are such an encourager!

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