What’s In a Cover? 

Looking Back On My Publishing Journey

Front cover of my book
Front cover of my book

35-Day Author Blogging Challenge – Day 15

God’s Hand

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.

Thrifty Women

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.

Front Cover

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.

Artist picture copyrighted photo of heatherdesuta.com
Drawing copyrighted material by Heather Desuta @ heatherdesuta.com

Back Cover

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.

back cover of book
back cover of book

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? 

You have just read, “What’s In a Cover?” by Amy L. Bovaird, Copyright September 27, 2015. Please take a moment to leave a comment for me! Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “What’s In a Cover?

  • September 28, 2015 at 12:46 am
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    Your posts always bring a smile, Amy. Because your life experiences aren’t just about you, they’re about relationships. I enjoyed so much hearing about how God wove so many relational threads and skills together for your cover.

  • September 28, 2015 at 1:40 am
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    I can absolutely relate! I’m writing a song for someone with whom I felt compelled to collaborate. God compelled me, and urges me on with His goals. He has given me the confidence to go on by creating strong friendships and alliances with many people throughout my travels. Guess what? When you think about it — THIS collaboration for the song started way before we were even born. My parents moved our family to her hometown when I was three, the youngest of several children. That changed/continued my course in an awesome way. Great home town. Great church groups. Great schools. Great people. While we really didn’t know each other back then, the seed had been planted. Today, my other supportive group refreshed my confidence. I even sang and played guitar a bit with them. And they graced my song with their talented hands/instruments. It seems like it’s all coming together!
    The only thing I’d change is my desire to know the future ahead of time. I’d much rather use what I have to focus on what I’m doing, rather than wondering what is going to happen or worrying if I’ll be able to take care of myself, let alone others!
    So, I try to let go of the steering wheel of my life and put it (and the consequences) in His hands!

  • September 28, 2015 at 3:20 am
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    M,
    That sounds like a pretty cool collaboration! I can relate to how you create strong friendships and alliances as you travel. I was the same way. Just so open to being touched by people along the way. And you’re so right about that song collaboration with your friend having started before you were even born.And, hey, God’s got your back. He knows your future. You only need to know your “now.”
    Thanks for taking time to read and comment.
    Amy

  • October 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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    Laura,
    I just realized I had missed your comment earlier.
    Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Yes, that cover was totally God bringing people together. Pretty neat!
    I really enjoyed getting to know you better through reading your blogs!
    Amy

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