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Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:19:08 PM »
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Most agreed that my latest travel memoir needs a new cover and title.

In the original cover, many saw a basketball rather than a globe, and some advised against twining the words "blue" and "ball." Mostly though, the consensus was that the image and title didn't convey travel.

What is your opinion of the three new cover drafts below? (The new title is "Going Places: A Travel Memoir")

Any suggested font or color tweaks?

Thanks for your input.

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 12:22:33 PM »
I saw a basketball sports memoir from the 70s. And the term 'blue ball' brought up other connotations.

I would never have guessed travel memoir.

My recommendation - change it. Mention Pan Am in the title and use the subtitle "A Travel Memoir"

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 12:25:50 PM »
Definitely change the cover. The big blue ball looks like a basketball to me.
     

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 12:36:57 PM »
Agree with changing the cover. And possibly the title, too.


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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 12:37:23 PM »
I saw a basketball. I'd change it to something more obviously earth.

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 12:49:35 PM »
It does vaguely resemble a basketball (although not to any real basketball fan), but the term "Big Blue Ball" doesn't mean anything to me.  Is it a nickname for the old airline?

I think showing the entire Pan Am logo might be more indicative of the book's subject.  Unless there's a legal reason you can't use the exact logo (with "Pan Am" on it) on your cover, you can probably do something a little creative to suggest the airline, or world travel.  (Maybe superimpose an image of earth into the logo?)

As for the title, if you want to keep it, maybe you could at least use the tagline "A Memoir of Air Travel in the 1970s," or "A Memoir of an Airline," "Life Spent on a Plane," etc.  But honestly, "A Memoir" doesn't tell anyone what the "memoir" is about.
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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 01:07:06 PM »
I saw a blue basketball too.  If it's a travel memoir, maybe an aircraft wing of an airplane landing, framing a runway, or possibly a scene through the window of an aircraft or something similar? Something that promises adventure. Search "travel memoir" on Amazon and you'll see some good examples.

Also change the subtitle from "a memoir" to "a travel memoir".  Assuming my assumption of a travel memoir is correct, of course.

I understand how the big blue ball is thematic to you (and will be to the reader once they read the story) but it doesn't mean anything to me or someone who hasn't read the book yet.

Your writing sample is great. Your blurb is also really good though I do think it could use a bigger hook in the first paragraph.  But changing the cover should make a big difference I think.


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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 01:23:53 PM »
I don't think I would put "blue" and "ball" in the same title. I thought basketball until I read "travel" and connected it with the earth.

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 01:27:24 PM »
I didn't get any sense of travel from the cover. The title just seemed to reinforce the basketball look of it.

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 01:46:43 PM »
Basketball, uh-oh. Sounds like it's a slam dunk I need to change the cover.

And probably the title, too. (Yeah, I'd heard cracks about linking "blue" with "ball" and chose to ignore them. My bad.)


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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2018, 02:33:32 PM »
To me it looks more like a reference book, or some type of instruction manual. I didn't see the basketball until people mentioned it, all I saw was a circle and some lines trying to make it interesting like how my old textbooks from high school used to be.
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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2018, 02:51:26 PM »
Pan-Am or maybe AT&T

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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 03:48:01 PM »
Hi there. If it helps, I certainly didn't get a travel vibe from the cover. It's a neat cover though. I'm not sure that I get any vibe that hints at what the books entails, actually.
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Re: Should I Change My Cover and/or Title?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 04:07:49 PM »
How do I go about republishing with a new title and cover?

Do I start over from scratch with KDP and CreateSpace, with new ASIN and ISBN? Or merely update cover and text files?

I imagine my blurb would need to contain an alert about the book being previously published under a different title so the handful of buyers to date don't buy it again by mistake.

Is it better to yank the current version or leave it while waiting for new cover and formatted files?

Anything else to consider?

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Re: How to Republish With New Title and Cover?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2018, 04:11:24 PM »
Go into the control panel, select the title and change it. Then upload the new cover. And you're done.

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Re: How to Republish With New Title and Cover?
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2018, 04:34:49 PM »
What about simply changing the title to The Big Blue Circle?  Same concept, minus the vulgar connotation that occurs to some people.
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Re: How to Republish With New Title and Cover?
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2018, 08:28:22 PM »
(But feel free to comment on current cover/title.)***
     


"The Big Blue Ball" means nothing to me. If you'd titled it "Big Blue Marble" i'd immediately have thought of that show from the 80s that aimed to connect kids from across the world. Kids were encouraged to write to the show if they wanted a pen pal from another part of the world and warned it could sometimes takes months to connect kids but Big Blue Marble WOULD match them up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Blue_Marble

Big Blue Marble was a half-hour children's television series that ran from 1974 to 1983 on numerous syndicated and PBS TV stations. Distinctive content included stories about children around the world and a pen-pal club that encouraged intercultural communication. The name of the show referred to the appearance of

Lyrics:

The earth's a Big Blue Marble
When you see it from out there
The sun and moon declare
Our beauty's very rare

Folks are folks and kids are kids
We share a common name
We speak a different way
But work and play the same

We sing pretty much alike

Enjoy spring pretty much alike
Peace and love we all understand
And laughter, we use the very same brand

Our differences, our problems
From out there there's not much trace
Our friendships they can place
While looking at the face
Of the Big Blue Marble in space

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however the fact not one person in this thread thought of Big Blue Marble suggests they would not connect that title with a book about world travel.

Perhaps you should go a completely different direction but if you're intent on having  Big Blue in the title, i'd suggest go with Big Blue Marble. Surely at least some people would remember that TV show and what it meant.

This brings up the question: is the term  Big Blue Marble trademarked or can you safely use it in a title?

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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2018, 12:58:47 PM »
Which do you like best?


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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2018, 01:04:15 PM »
I love the second one!

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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2018, 01:07:19 PM »
While I like these newer covers, I would assume some type of children's story or one about children. I think the main problem with the cover is that it is not genre specific enough to attract your target audience. You are selling a product, and part of that is the packaging of your product (your wonderful book).

Have you already studied the market and bestsellers in your genre?

I would strongly advise a cover closer to your genre. Design one that resembles one of these covers on Amazon's bestseller lists under "Travel Biographies & Memoirs": https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Travel-Biographies-Memoirs/zgbs/digital-text/154820011


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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2018, 01:17:25 PM »
Out of the three you have up I like them all, but love the second. However, I highly agree with this comment below:


While I like these newer covers, I would assume some type of children's story or one about children.

As that is kind of what came to mind when looking at the covers. That it was a young boys story. If that's the case then the covers work. If not, perhaps changing the boy for an adult might help.

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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2018, 01:24:45 PM »
While I like these newer covers, I would assume some type of children's story or one about children. I think the main problem with the cover is that it is not genre specific enough to attract your target audience. You are selling a product, and part of that is the packaging of your product (your wonderful book).

Have you already studied the market and bestsellers in your genre?

I would strongly advise a cover closer to your genre. Design one that resembles one of these covers on Amazon's bestseller lists under "Travel Biographies & Memoirs": https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Travel-Biographies-Memoirs/zgbs/digital-text/154820011


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Yes, I'm familiar with that bestseller list--another of my books (The Kindness of Strangers) is currently #7. Point taken on the possible expectations set by the child image. The first third of the book deals with childhood dreams of travel, and the blurb alludes to "childhood" and "coming-of-age." Knowing this, do those cover drafts still look out of place?

Thanks for your feedback.

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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2018, 01:46:48 PM »
I definitely like the 2nd best, followed closely by the 1st. Not a huge fan of the 3rd, but I can't really place my finger on why.
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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2018, 01:53:51 PM »
I agree that the 2nd one is the best.  Maybe you could superimpose the PanAm logo in the background somehow.  As SA Soule has mentioned, it's possible some might assume the book is about children, but the fact that it says "a memoir" should dispel that.
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Re: Which Cover Do You Like Best?
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2018, 01:56:11 PM »
The new ones all say Radio Flyer to me and not travel memoir at all, I'm afraid.

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