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Book cover design and Halloween

It's October, which means Halloween, so I'm sharing what was almost the cover for my debut novel,  THE LANGUAGE OF BODIES . Book layout and cover design are super important. People do judge books by their covers despite the oft-stated advice not to, and encountering unreadable or unprofessional fonts, odd word or line spacing, non-standard front and back matter, and all the rest of the details which contribute to polish can also push readers away. I've had training and experience in these kinds of tasks, so it was a bit scary to work with a publisher. What if I didn't like their choices?  Luckily Woodhall Press created a lovely book design, and was happy to work with me on the cover. I'm sure other publishers have different processes, but for this book, I provided images and concepts about tone etc., and received back mockups. I offered feedback, and sometimes found it easiest to just create what I had in mind rather than trying to explain it. Showing versus telli

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