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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why Book Covers are So Important.- Cesar

Cesar has a very experienced background in the spiritual world. He was brought up in a Christian family, but branched out from that base as he got older, seeking answers about the world around him, and the spiritual world around him. In his mid-twenties dramatic events occurred in his life which challenged his very existence, but he learned from these experienced and most of learned that how that life is not just in our own hands. Now Cesar is a firm believer that everyone has their own path to walk in life, and part of that walk is all about the choices that you make. Some people choose a good life and some a wicked life, but most of us live the life in the middle, influenced by the world around us and our own upbringing, Cesar understands that life is simply not black and white.

Why book covers are so important
& some helpful tips
To be honest, the book cover is so important to draw-in attention and sales.  For this book I have used an image that I took whilst on a road trip around Ireland.  I think it is an amazing photo and I have always wanted to use it for something since I took it.  At the time I was on a road trip where I was contemplating a lot of things about my life, I had a big decision to make at the time and I decided to go on this massive road trip to give myself a lot of time to think.

I guess this is why I needed up using the image in the end, as this book is about contemplation and inspiration.  But you don't need to be an expert photographer to design your own covers.  I found a site where you can get loads of images royalty free, and you can use them for your book if you ask for permission from the owner of the image.  The owners tend to be very helpful and glad to see their work being used for book covers, here is the link;

But the image is not the only thing that appears on the cover, you also need the actual design such as the title text and so on.  Many self-publishing companies have their own online design programs, and I do like the one on Createspace, as they are simple and straight forward, yet if you don't like their designs, you can upload your own files or just the front image.  So basically its a mix between set-designs and what you can do yourself.   But if this is not good for you, one can always look for a cover designer, I would advise to look on authorsden.com in their services marketplace, or perhaps approach your local college and ask if there are any art students willing to work with you.

 This collection of 250 poems was written by Cesar during his late teens, and each piece of writing was originally intended to remain as a personal record of his journey with God. Yet the collection at some point became much more than mere thoughts about the world and God; they developed into poems, lyrics and poetry on a full range of subjects.

Then the writing stopped and the pages of thought and devotion were lost to time, gaining nothing but dust in an attic. That is where Cesar found them thirteen years later, and he chose to publish them as a testament to the influences which once surrounded his life, and as a dedication to God for his faithfulness.

The book is also dotted with hand drawn sketches which adds an additional level to the book.

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