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It’s been over 5 years since I published my last book. And as a writer I am always interested in finding out what my readers have thought about what they have read. Reading honest feedback from reviewers or persons with whom you correspond always helps your learning curve with reference to: a. the story that caught them up and the visuals in the book that helped with understanding, b. the title that either dragged them in, or turned them off, and finally, c. the cover that piqued their interest to pick the book up and up and buy it.
Let’s start with the Cover in this Essay since that’s what book seekers see first!
So what is it about the cover of my African novel, The Ghosts of Ukuthula? What have I been able to sus out of reader’s comments?
Here’s the Cover:
Look at it – Anything here that would Draw you in or Turn you off? Here’s what I thought originally in the design of the cover:
Hmm! Maybe it’s too bitty? Maybe we don’t have to tell the whole story on the cover?
What About the actual title Words?
What feedback did I get? Unpronounceable! So what’s the meaning?
Wow! Not many people look closely at book covers so minute detail doesn’t really pull people in. Big and Bold is the Key! One Symbol/Torso/Flag/Skull … is Plenty!
Use a foreign word? —- Better have its English Synonym right there beside it!
These are things that I, with six years in Africa, never had cross my mind when planning the self-publishing of my book.
Next time around: That’s what I’ll be looking at – Simple Direct and to the Point!
Next time, let’s look at the story!
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