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Old 19-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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The old saw about not being able to tell a book by its cover has something to it, but I’m certain the cover has a lot to do with sales.

Just now I’m carrying around Innocents Aboard. I can’t remember buying it but pulled it off my shelf before a trip, once again sold on the possibilities within. The cover is composed of a Magritte painting, Castle in the Pyrenees, and a recommendation from Ursula K. LeGuin; two of my favorite things. There’s also a reference to Melville, who I understand was also a pretty good writer.

What a draw.

We are, in the main, driven by our vision. Whether it’s book covers or people doesn’t make much difference. I think Hollywood figured this out a while ago.

Considering what the deep model has revealed about the relevance, veracity or significance of what we see on the surface, this is a good thing to be reminded of each day.

After all, I’ve yet to find a story in that book I really like.
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Old 19-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hi Barrett!

My book cover is a version of my avatar. Maybe that's why the Book of ZOOM is not selling like the proverbial hot cakes....
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The cover of my own book (shown here) is actually me mimicking my father’s gesture while he was speaking to neighbors about how he had told us to “shallow dive” in the three-foot-deep pool he’d filled with the garden hose in the back yard.

We did it thousands of times. This, of course, was before they knew about concussions and neck injuries…or cholesterol.
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Hi Barrett!

Unless we go with some slick advertising company, maybe most of us would choose a cover that says something about the way we view things, or that presents an image that captures how we feel about ourselves.

Maybe that's the wrong approach.

I like your cover, and I like that fact that it conveys a personal story. I'm sure an agency would say, "who cares."
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Yea, some guy with a six-pack may have sold a few more copies.
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