I have just one week left to finish the first draft of my book.
In the meantime I have some book covers for you to consider! i have a favourite and a critique of the others, but I am keen to hear your reaction first.
I guess a book cover should look inviting, exciting, intriguing, drawing the reader in. But it also needs to explain what the book is about. Here is an interesting article on book cover design. I spent quite some time putting a Pinterest page together of book covers I loved, but I found briefing the designer very difficult. Although I make clothes and have a good understanding of colour I was way out of my comfort zone with this aspect of the project.
Number 1 is very personal. It includes a photograph of me with George in a sling,(in about 1988) outside Hole Cottage in Kent. We were going on an autumn walk. The picture was taken by my late husband John. On the back is a funny old fashioned Polyphoto booklet of me as (I think) a three or four year old. I gave the designer a pile of old pictures and he chose these two.
The second version is more “crafty”. He has used the colours of my logo, adding yellow to give a kind of retro look. This version reminds me of the NDS (Needlework Development Scheme) booklets that I have at home.
The third option depends on illustrations to make an impact. The drawings are just placemakers for now. The designer would draw several items I have made, plus a few objects that have significance. This is the most “modern” design I think.
The fourth version is more abstract, taking colours and producing a mosaic. I did consider how this might be augmented by a piece of silk painting, knitting or crochet, inspired by the design, perhaps for the back cover.
Anyway I have my own reactions to these images which I will share next week. In the meantime I am very keen to hear your views. None of these is the final article – we are at the concept stage. The graphics, colours, pictures etc can easily be changed, so feel free to pick and choose, or indeed suggest other ideas.
Incidentally no 2 made me think of the NDC booklets that I have at home. I don’t even know if I want modern or retro to be honest.
I would be most grateful for your feedback.