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Titles and Covers and Blurbs, oh my!
« on: November 29, 2015, 03:04:38 pm »
I may have narrowed my list of titles for my current work in process to two. I've also come up with a cover concept, although I don't pretend to be able to really put the design to work without the help of my favorite cover designer, so consider this a mock-up only. As for a blurb -- I haven't even gotten to the point of having one to share yet. As you can see, I'm trying a very minimalist, white-background concept for now.

So, fellow kboard folks, let's start with title and cover concept. Here we go with round one. Let me have your reactions, suggestions, and questions! (please ignore the slight size differences between these samples)

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    Re: Titles and Covers and Blurbs, oh my!
    « Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 03:54:10 pm »
    As always please take what you need from my feedback and leave the rest.

    When it comes to covers you have two targets to deliver on:
    1. Genre
    2. Audience

    I don't know either with this cover, I don't feel like it tells me anything. Depending on your budget have you considered hiring a professional? Or even looking at premades until you can? This cover doesn't tell me anything at all, and that means that on a fundamental level the design has failed.
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    Re: Titles and Covers and Blurbs, oh my!
    « Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 04:10:38 pm »
    You need to make a more personal connection.

    Maybe superimpose a face somewhere in the cover.

    Something with eye contact.

    Currently, the mockup seems so distant... so impersonal...


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    Re: Titles and Covers and Blurbs, oh my!
    « Reply #3 on: November 29, 2015, 04:26:00 pm »
    I prefer If These Bags Could Talk. The cover says literary fiction to me and reminds me strongly of the 34 most beautiful covers Buzzfeed chose. It's better than some, but it doesn't grab me. Is your book travel fiction or something like that?


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    Re: Titles and Covers and Blurbs, oh my!
    « Reply #4 on: November 29, 2015, 06:00:03 pm »
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction
    Again, for those worried about the current design, I AM going to use a professional cover designer, but I like giving her some concepts to aim her in a general direction.

    Perhaps it's time to offer up a bit more about the story. It began with a writing prompt of sorts. Imagine a suitcase or backpack or trunk or other piece of baggage. Where is it? Who does it belong to? What's the story surrounding it?

    The opening introduces the new suitcase/backpack and the girl who receives it as a gift. By the end of the first chapter, which reads like a short story, the bag is on its way to a new owner (Aaliyah), who becomes the primary focus of the book. That bag, as well as a trunk belonging to Aaliyah's close friend, plays a role in her life until she gives it away as part of another key event. The final part of the book again follows the new owner of the bag, and the various threads of the people and stories come back together.

    (Obviously, that ^ is NOT a blurb. That'll be a future challenge for me).


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