Good morning, New Women. I'm thinking Monday's post was pretty heavy. I definitely asked some complex questions I'm sure you're taking your time with. Since it's HUGELY important to our e-book The Whole Christian Thing and we need a LOT of responses, I've decided to slow down a little, give you a chance to get that together and post in this busy-summer time of year (who says we slow down in June, July and August? are they serious?)
In the meantime, let's talk about something fun. It isn't too soon to be thinking about a
for our book. Miss Crystal reminded me that with an e-book, the cover is even more important than it is for a traditional paperback or hard cover -- because that's all the browser sees when she's looking on line for something to read. Since it's just one cover among literally hundreds of thousands (it boggles the mind) it has to meet certain requirements to catch the eye:
* appeals to the intended audience -- Maeryn loves the covers of my kids' books because the colors are bright and the design is active -- what's going to capture the teen reader?
* reflects what the book is about -- there are about a bajillion Christian symbols we could use -- faces that would work -- images which might say it all -- what images come to your mind when you think about this book we're building?
* is unique in some way -- been down an aisle in a bookstore lately, where all the books seem to run together? -- it's like if you've seen one romance novel you've seen them all -- same with dystopian YA fiction, Amish stories, high-school-clique series. And then there's that one that makes you stop and go, "Wow. That's different." How IS our book different from other "here's some guidance for teens on Christianity" volumes? how could that be reflected in a cover?
Will you share your thoughts on those questions, as well as any others that come to mind when you think "cover for The Whole Christian Thing .... hmmm." Right now the page is blank ... waiting to be filled with ideas. I love this part!