Getting ready to self-publish your first book can be overwhelming. For me, it is very exciting and scary wrapped up in a sparkly package of emotions. I am on my indie-publishing path and I am so grateful for my friend and award-winning author, Jacqui Nelson for helping me get prepared for my book launch on Saturday, September 15, 2018 – that’s like right around the corner. (A lot of deep breathing is going on)
I have a few things to cross of my check-list but the big one, like getting my cover completed, was done a month ago and then I went back and changed it again. The cover is so important. It is going to tell its own story, it’s going to help sell my book. The saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ I know we all do it – we can’t help ourselves. Working with a cover designer is interesting. You think as a writer I could articulate exactly what I wanted for my cover. I learned I had to be as blunt as possible. No need for, I would like… I think this would work… Could you do… No, what needs to be said: Please do a,b,c. Put the title here in this color, this font… there is no time for fluffy words when it comes to your business. I learned I had to be as clear in my writing career as I am in the hospitality world.
I just returned from a workshop hosted by award-winning author, Shannon Meyer. She shared her journey of not only her writing career but of her cover art adventures. Her analogy of cupcakes to cover art was inspirational. The cupcake in front of us should be intriguing and inviting. And the description of the cupcake just as provocative. Much like a cupcake, our book covers should be as intriguing for people to pick up and read the blurb that should entice us to read the book. If the cupcake looks great and the description of the desert is bland, there is something wrong. We put the cupcake back down and walk away. (Even if we really like cupcakes.)
I wish I wrote down the description of Shannon’s cupcake that I chose. It was striking. What I remember went something like, this delicious summer cupcake has a hint of watermelon icing… As you can see the cupcake had sparkly candy and mermaid tails toothpicks – why wouldn’t you want this treat? Great way to wake us up about our cover art.
Where did my cover design come from? It started off with a few vintage posters I loved when working in Lake Louise. They are fun and intriguing. Who wouldn’t want to be standing at the window looking out at the beautiful Lake Louise?
My memoir is about working at the luxury hotel, The Chateau Lake Louise in the mid-1990’s. I worked in the F&B (food and beverage) world for over ten years in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I was provided with great experiences and stories.
How my cover turned out
If you liked, Kitchen Confidential and the Grand Budapest Hotel, you will enjoy this eye-opening life experience of one employee’s journey of working for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
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