I’ve Got it Covered

The spine of the book is an important aspect i...

The spine of the book is an important aspect in book design, especially in cover design. When the books are stacked up or stored in a shelf, what’s on the spine is the only visible information about the book. In a book store, the details on the spine are what initially attract attention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My first mailings of books have been sent out and received and what a wonderful response I have had! My heart is quite gladdened from the glowing comments. Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to contact me, it is much appreciated.

It is a nerve-wracking thing self-publishing when everything is down to you both the mistakes and the glory. But my what a lovely feeling when it is glory and how painful when it is mistakes. All in a day’s work and it’s the mistakes that help us grow. My cousin Androula is doing sterling work visiting bookshops and making contacts in Cyprus and I have recruited my sister to act as agent in London, I am truly blessed. When I spoke to Androula in Cyprus the other day, she said she was sorry I couldn’t be there to see the faces of the people she showed the book to, as they all smiled with pleasure and bought them straightaway how miraculous! To think how unsure I was  about whether I had made the right choice with the cover, it obviously works.

When deciding on the cover I was acutely aware that this is the thing that will attract or repel when you see it in the bookstore or even online. It has to make you want to pick the book up and read it. There are illustrators who specialise in just book design so I was quite nervous about my decision to use my own design.

I am in full marketing mode and it does take up a fair amount of time. I have a long list of things to do but I keep telling myself”One step at a time”.


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