My face, or not my face? That was the question
Picking the perfect cover for my new retirement book wasn’t as easy as I thought…
I’m about to publish my tenth book, Dare to Discover Your Purpose and over the years I’ve learned a lot about being an author.
Back in the day, I did everything myself. I wrote the book, edited it, found a printer, designed the cover, published, marketed and… well you get the picture. It was a labour of love.
Things have thankfully changed since then, but some things remain…
Judging a book by its back cover
I’m very conscious of the fact that most people don’t look at the front cover of a book. They give it a cursory glance, flip the book over and digest what’s on the back.
That said, the front cover still needs thought and my, oh my, did I do a lot of thinking with this one!
My original plan was to have the title of my retirement book emblazoned across the front cover: DARE to Discover Your Purpose
The page looked so empty, and so I added more words, following in the footsteps of the great Brene Brown…
Lots of words really work for her – but not, I decided, for me.
I needed visuals – something that summed up what the book was about.
Map, tree or riverbed?
In this retirement book I ask people to discover their treasure. The thing that fills them with joy – and in many cases, the thing they’ve locked away for a very long time. THAT was the image I wanted to grace the front cover.
I came up with a design and showed it to family and friends.
“Is it a tree?”
But this just spurred me on. I liked the confusion. The idea that, like good art, people could interpret it in many ways. I was sold.
My face or not my face?
Until… I picked up a Gabby Bernstein book.
After all, this book is a big part of me – and I am a big part of this book.
I couldn’t. Could I? I did. And to be honest, I really liked it.
But then I stopped listening to my ego and turned instead to my trusted gut.
A treasure map it was – and is – and I couldn’t be more proud or more satisfied with the design.
I hope you also like what’s on the inside and the outside of the book.
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Go on, what are you waiting for? I DARE you to discover your treasure.
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