What’s In a Cover?
Looking Back On My Publishing Journey
35-Day Author Blogging Challenge – Day 15
As I near the first anniversary of my book being published, I have to say I love my book cover. Like the contents of my book, God’s hand brought the cover together, too. The two people that helped me design the cover were talented, time-efficient and professional. But there were a lot of details that came into play before their work started.
First, my sister, Carolyn Wehr, had found me the boots on sale a couple of years earlier. It occurred to me that these boots would be perfect to wear in the photoshoot. I think she also gave me the pink sweater I’m wearing. Kay Beals, a dear friend from church, had given me the maroon blazer to wear at my speaking engagements. My best friend, Kathy Drushel, had passed on the blue jeans to me.
I shared my initial cover idea with local photographer Sarah Gamble. The first photoshoot provided plenty of cane pictures but none of them seemed quite right. In the meantime, another photographer I knew suggested that I have Sarah focus on the cane and the environment since the message of my book was mobility. As suggested, I shared my new vision for the photo with Sarah, We went back out again and in less than twenty minutes, Sarah captured the photo that you see above. We went to an area school built in the 1800s (still in use) and took pictures of me going up and down the steps to the main entrance. Later, I realized what an excellent choice she made in choosing these particular steps at a school. it came to represent “the school of life,” my teaching and my new training–all featured in the book.
As soon as Heather Desuta saw the photograph, she said it was perfect and built the cover around it. Heather is a graphic designer I learned about through my Pennwriters’ group. I couldn’t believe how quickly she put the front cover together. She chose a crisp, bright white, easy-to-read font for the title, which also brought out the white from my cane. She then selected a cursive font for my sub-title, also in a crisp white. To finish off the design, she used a simple block font for my name in a shade between brown and gold. It complemented the color of my boots.
On the back cover, Heather pulled out the same maroon found in my blazer to tie the back cover to the front. She composed the first few words of my story blurb on the back in the same font as my author name on the front cover, except this time she used the maroon. Then she placed a quote I gave her in the center of the book. Again, she chose a simple front in crisp white to draw attention to the words, which she placed in the center of a maroon rectangle. Finally, we decided on an author photo from the shoot–a front view with my cane–and placed my bio next to it.
What wonderful covers!
I’ll use Heather to design my new book covers as well. I won’t give away any of the details since we’re still in the planning stages but I’m pretty sure they’ll be just as awesome!
The Whole Package
I’m so blessed to have such a talented team of professionals work with me. I certainly wouldn’t have known how to create such compelling book covers on my own. But I learned what elements make a good cover from the experience.
The way it came together so well reminds me of how God plans each tiny detail, some, years in advance, to come together at just the right moment. It comforts me to know that He promises to bring whatever He has called me to do to fruition. He only expects me to obey Him and leave all the consequences to Him.
What project (s) have you finished that has come together as a result of various people’s input and talents? Would you change anything about the process? What did you learn?
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