June 20, 2005

Be Advised Against Forming Opinions About a Book's Contents Based Solely on Its Initial Jacket Design, or Something Like That


Got this mock-up of my book's cover from my editor recently. The design is not final and there's a possibilty that some of the words and images might get moved around, but so far so good.

I'm very happy with the overall concept, and seeing this made my eyes light up. It's one thing to write a proposal, sign a contract, and spend weeks writing a book, it's another thing to see it come together in a way that makes it something I feel like I can touch.

Before I tell you everything I think about it, I'd love to hear what you have to say. Consider this a mini focus group, only without the two-way mirror, free beverages and promise of cash payment for your time and trouble.


Posted by Doug at June 20, 2005 10:02 AM

The cover is cute and catching!

But I think the "You're" and "You" in the sign on the car and "Your" in the "Complete Wedding Guide" to me feels repetitive when I read it out? Might just be me... What about "A complete wedding guide" or "The complete wedding guide"?

Posted by: E. at June 20, 2005 10:49 AM

I really like the title - good play on words. I'm not sure about the volkswagon though. Good color, it will stand out relative to the more flashy reds and golds and blacks that seem to litter book covers these days.

I'm not sure I'd want my name to be a series of cans (but it is sort of clever).

Posted by: ellison at June 20, 2005 10:49 AM

very cute. i'd definately pick up a copy.

Posted by: sara at June 20, 2005 11:33 AM

I agree with E. CUTE cover, the concept is neat. But something about the sign strikes me as off. Maybe "Getting Married?! (? or !) You better read this book!" I think the period understates the importance of reading the book. The exclamation point may drive the point home further.

I do agree also about the name as cans. Maybe just your name across the bottom. It is clever but no one really does cans anymore do they? A metro groom may think that the cans are a bit tacky, and if the cans are tacky what would the rest of the book be like?

Congrats on the book! I cannot wait to see it in print! I will have to stash some copies to give to future grooms.

I cannot wait to hear your comments on the cover.

Posted by: Jraehoner at June 20, 2005 02:33 PM

I like the tin can/name thingy at the bottom. Clever. Even though I live in NYC, I still get it. I'd change one of the banners across the back. Agree with E.

Posted by: j at June 20, 2005 03:09 PM

"You Better Read This Book" grates on people like me who are grammar-obsessed - the correct phrasing would be "You'd Better Read This Book" or "You Had Better Read This Book."

Posted by: mcm at June 20, 2005 03:39 PM

It's a catchy-looking cover; however there does seem to be some language issues. For instance, doesn’t the "Groom" imply engagement; the "engaged groom" seems redundant. "The Engaged Groom: You’re Getting Married, You Better Read this Book" doesn’t tell me why I need to read the book. How about "Here Comes the Groom: A Guy’s Guide to Wedding Survival" or something like that?

Posted by: Erin at June 20, 2005 09:43 PM

FYI, someone emailed me to ask when my comments would go up. Check back on Wednesday for my thoughts. I'd still like to hear what other people have to say, so I'll let this play out for another day or so.

Posted by: Doug at June 20, 2005 09:49 PM

Please keep the VW Bug! It's awesome! And I had the same thought as Erin, "Engaged Groom" is redundant. But based on cover alone, I'd buy the book, as if I wasn't going to already...

Posted by: Tracie at June 21, 2005 08:33 AM

I don't love the "You're getting married" sign on the rear window. Not only is it unsafe (what if impressionable young marriage consultants start putting such signs on the back windows of their cars, obscuring the sightline of their rearview mirrors?), but, more importantly, it makes me feel like I'm looking at the cover of a magazine. It has a feel that is reminiscent of "17 Ways to Spice Things Up in the Bedroom...Tonight!" and its ilk.

Posted by: Francis at June 21, 2005 08:41 AM

To the posters above, seems "Engaged Groom" is supposed to be a play on words - like, a groom who is engaged (ie, involved) in planning the wedding, which is what the book is about. I like the cover, though I agree that all the "You're" and "You" and "Your" could be tweaked to be less repetitive. Anyway, Congrats!

Posted by: cth at June 21, 2005 09:14 AM

I think it should be a convertible with the bride face forward driving and the groom looking back over his shoulder waving.

Other than the title, I'm with the rest on the words.

Maybe something like

A groom's guide to wedding planning.

Tell us on the cover what the book is about.

Posted by: MJ at June 21, 2005 09:40 AM

I like the VW...think a bride and groom in the car would be a little cheesy. Like the title too and get the play on words. Just think they should come up with a better subitle, or just lose one of the banners across the back. Looks good, but I'd change one or two little things.

Posted by: Jon at June 21, 2005 10:14 AM

Mazel Tov!!! The cover is cute and I love how they wrote your name. I want an autographed copy. HUGS Sondra Finegold

Posted by: Sondra Finegold at June 21, 2005 02:33 PM

What if they italicized the word "ENGAGED"

Posted by: David at June 21, 2005 03:24 PM

If there were a bride and groom in the picture, don't you think the groom should be in the driver's seat, playing more to the groom's "new" role in the wedding planning? Then again, it is difficult to play out these male/female stereotypes. Perhaps it should display a more equal role of the bride and groom, maybe someone else should drive!

I looks real cool.

Posted by: jt at June 21, 2005 04:39 PM

I really like your name in "cans"! But I don't like the sign in the back window. I agree with the above message--I don't like being told "You must buy this _____"!

Otherwise, it looks great, and I can't wait to read it! Congrats! :)

Posted by: E from Michigan at June 21, 2005 06:07 PM

I say it all looks good, keep the "Your Complete Wedding Guide," but maybe move it somewhere else. Agree that it should be "You're Getting Married, Read This Book." Still hits the mark. Otherwise, awesome. Congrats.

Posted by: Mike at June 21, 2005 11:03 PM