Or how to keep up with the Joneses!
My Dad, Owen Jones, is a writer, as regular readers of my blog will already know, and has been a author of books for ten years on February 21st 2022. I was a teenager then, but I remember the excitement of the occasion very well.
It had taken him about fifteen years to produce a book from his father’s automatic writings as a Spiritual Healer, and the last thing that he had to do was produce a cover for the book.
Looking back on it, it probably shouldn’t have, but it did come as a shock that he would have to do that as well. Now, my Dad knows his way around the Internet, but this was a totally new experience, and it was for me too.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, he did that and uploaded everything to the leading online bookshops of the day.
The cover was basically a flat image of the front cover of the book, but that was what all authors were providing at the time.
However, over the years, some more design-savvy authors began to provide more eye-catching cover images.
As far as I recall, it began with spread-eagled shots of the front and back covers plus the spine. They were definitely a big improvement.
After that, book covers went 3-D, and that is even better in my opinion, as a general item, but there are specialised uses for all three styles.
Finally, so far, that is, some authors are putting the 3-D cover with the blurb on a relevant background image, and that is the bee’s knees in book advertising covers for me.
Look at the postcard I made for my father at the top of this page.
I am thinking of learning how to do this, so if you are interested, please encourage me with an email.