Titles and jackets and flaps, oh my

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Choosing an image for your book cover may be a snap after yesterday’s blog post, but coming up with a brilliant, compelling title — and jacket copy to match — can be a real challenge. Of course, your title will probably be a direct offshoot of the theme of your book, but the time your spend developing a title that will surprise — or even provoke — your reader is time well spent.

You might start by going through the images in your book and jotting down every word that comes to mind as you look at them. What are some of the big ideas, the recurring sub-themes, the most noteworthy colors?

Then, take those words to an online thesaurus or cliche-finder, and use the inspiration you find there to create your short list of titles. Or, you may want to start with a list of other people’s favorite titles — or by going to your bookshelf and seeking out the titles that really catch your eye.

Once you’ve nailed the title, you want to start thinking about jacket copy. Just remember, Softcover books and ImageWrap books do not have flaps because they don’t have jackets. For these books, you only have to worry about copy for the front and back of the book. Read more about your cover options here.

Need some inspiration for what to write? Take a look at this blog post, which is a great place to get started.

And, while I hate to sound like your high school English teacher (especially since I have very little to say about split infinitives), don’t forget to find-toot-cone … err … fine-tooth comb all of your content before you upload your book. There’s nothing worse than finding a glaring typo in your perfectly crafted prose…take it from one who knows.

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  1. The best way to find typos is to get someone else to look at it – preferably several other people! It’s not typos that are the problem (copy/pasting in a wordpressor to spell check is a good idea…) it’s bad grammer or misplaced words (quite”, instead of “quiet”…)

    By Sean
      July 9, 2008 – 2:28 am   Permalink
  2. “grammer”? “grammar,” I think!

    By Jay Fredrich
      July 9, 2008 – 10:18 am   Permalink
  3. Maybe an idea to sell the dust jackets by itself. I would really apriciate it a lot!! I made a mistake to order the wrong book and I love to have dustjackets…. Okay I can buy a new copy, but an Image wrapbok WITH a dust jacket would be even moore amazing!
    Think about it and sell it! Fast :)

    (excuse my English… I’m just Dutch…)

      July 10, 2008 – 6:23 am   Permalink
  4. I was disappointed to get the paperback and the cloth bound only to discover that all of the liner notes are jettisoned in the process. This should be made more apparent, so that we are not so disappointed when we only learn this upon receipt of the book.

    Couldn’t a couple of extra pages be reserved or somehow dedicated for this purpose?

    By Greg
      July 10, 2008 – 5:23 pm   Permalink
  5. I like this concept for portfolios. But I would need help on page layouts, illustrations, etc. How do you handle that?

      July 11, 2008 – 7:56 am   Permalink
  6. i had the same problem of sandra: made the book layout with the wrap jacket but made a mistake when i ordered.
    and yes, i would be so happy to can by only the wrap. after trading a couplkes of emails i ended up with frustation and no flaps.

    By lilia
      September 9, 2008 – 11:44 am   Permalink
  7. Hi All,

    I am new to Blurb and I have already started on a book which is nearly completed. My question is, do I have to find someone to create my book cover and if so does anyone have any suggestion. The book I created is a mini book with only about 40 pages. Also, while browsing for pictures, everything that I seem to like is extremely large so the resolution is very low. Any tips or advice is welcome. Thanks!

    By Marsha Tucker
      January 14, 2009 – 9:25 am   Permalink

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