Friday, September 19, 2014
Holding The Spirit Books in My Hand
I have had a sample of The Spirit Books that has been my reference and show-and-tell piece for a little over a year. I had it printed online through HP MagCloud which is now owned by blurb. As I have shown that one book around, people have been impressed by its quality for a POD book but it does not compare to the new offset-printed book that I now hold in my hands. For starters, the cover is a new design. My initial thought for the book was to have a very subtle cover—a large expanse of white with a detail from one of the books and just the title. I liked the idea that the cover was quiet. As the book opened, the Spirit Books would be revealed. Once my first viewers (my family) saw the printed book, they emphatically informed me that I should think differently. The cover is what makes people want to pick up the book and open it in the first place.
I still have soft spot for my plain and simple cover even though I’ve been sharing the new cover all over the place for close to a year. Here’s what else is different: the images are sharper and the gray text is no longer slightly broken. It is in every way a better book. The new book is also crisp and clean. It has not been carted around in my bag for a year. It has not been opened and closed countless times. It is not yet worn and not yet a part of me. I like it better today than yesterday. I expect to love it by the launch next weekend.