In the continuing saga of choosing a cover for my book, things have taken a turn for the better (I believe). For those new to this blog, I have finished a manuscript for a book on running that will be published October 19 by the Touchstone division of Simon & Schuster. As a new and very naive author, it has been fun and educational learning first-hand all the steps and personnel involved in getting a book accepted, edited, revised, revised again, designed, produced, and promoted. Amazingly, I have found that perhaps the most important decision in the entire process is actually . . . choosing the book’s cover. Just think: how many times have you reached for a book in the store because the cover caught your eye or seemed intriguing? After many months of meetings, what I thought would be the final cover design was chosen (see this previous post for that cover).
Since then, however, the lukewarm reaction to that cover from two of the major bookstores (who shall remain nameless except they both start with the letter "B") encouraged the design team to literally go back to the drawing board for some additional designs. This time around, reactions from everyone -- especially the bookstores -- were very positive for the cover you see above, which is the one we are going with. The other covers were nice, but since the buyers at the bookstores like this one the best (and since the cover has a significant impact on the number of books they order for their stores), it is my favorite too!!
I hope all of you like it. By the way, there's a lot of good stuff inside too. Hopefully in this case, readers will realize they can judge a book by its cover. As always, thanks for stopping by.