Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Cover Design, Choose a Book Cover, Vegetable Gardening Series, Giveaway

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Yes, I have questions for you. 
I'm getting ready to publish a series on vegetable gardening. No it's not a mystery series, but rather a few booklets with quick tips to help vegetable gardeners grow a more productive garden filled with delicious, healthy veggies.

My DH was raised on a farm in Central Illinois. He grew to love gardening as a kid.  His passion for growing plants led us (yes we were co-business owners) into the greenhouse, garden center, and floral business. I decided to share his love of vegetable gardening on a blog several years ago. I enjoyed taking pictures, sharing tidbits about our garden, and offering good gardenng practices I gleaned from Gardener Ted. 

I have heard so much about writers turning blogs into books, I decided to try it for myself. My DH is my consultant and listed as Gardener Ted.

Question 1-Have you ever gone from blog to book?

Question 2--If you have, what were your results?

Question 3--I am now in the process of finishing Part 1 of the series, Starting Your Garden. When the booklet of about 3000 words is edited, would you like a copy to review? I would so appreciate your feedback. Leave a message for me in the comment or email me so I'll know to send you the final galley. email jqrose02 at gmail dot com

Below I have posted a few ideas for book covers. It's hard to remember these book covers will be shrunk down to an inch tall when the book is listed for sale on amazon. So I have tried to make them pretty simple with readable text. I used The Print Shop 22 to create the designs. The row of garden plants photo is my photo. The other two are from freedigitalphotos.net. I attribute the single seedling photo to amenic181  and the hands holding the seedling to adamr. If I choose one of the professional photos I will purchase the rights to use it.

Question 4--I am not sure how to list Ted on the book cover. At the moment it reads "J.Q. Rose with Gardener Ted." Should I put his name on it without the "with?" 

Question 5--Which book cover do you believe would catch the reader/gardener's eye? Please choose one and leave a comment below. Thank you.

Book Cover 1


Book Cover 2


Book Cover 3
Please leave a comment below about your choice of book cover. Thanks.
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This Week:

Thursday, January 29--The guest author for the Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing series is, um, let me check. Oh, it's me! I guess I'm not a guest, but I do have writing tips for you. Come back on Thursday and you can choose to win one of my mysteries or to read the first three chapters of my Work in Progress. This WIP is a mystery, romance, and paranormal and so much fun to write. C ya' then!


16 comments:

Joselyn Vaughn said...

I like cover #1. It reminds me of other gardening book covers I've seen.

Roseanne Dowell said...

I like book cover 2.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Oh, and I'd list Ted's whole name as consultant

helenafairfax.com said...

Hi JQ, I like image one. I think it will look good reduced in size. And I like "with Gardener Ted," too.
Happy to review a copy if you're still looking for reviewers. Great project. Good luck with it!

J Q Rose said...

Thanks Joselyn and Roseanne for choosing a cover. Very helpful to me.

J Q Rose said...

Thanks, Helena. Reducing the cover is the tricky part of the design. I guess the simpler the better in that case.

Yes I'll send you a copy to review the first week of February. Thank you !!

I.B. Nosey said...

I like cover 1 as well. But, IMHO, when you add "Gardener Ted" along with your name, it says to me that he co-authored this book. Did he? (just asking... 'cause I'm naturally nosey that way, heh heh)

Just an idea -- Can you make the title something like "Gardener Ted's Quick Tips on...." ? That way, it tells me, a potential buyer, that this experienced gardener is sharing worthy ideas on how to get fantastic results. :)

J Q Rose said...

I B--Thanks for choosing a book cover. I hate to admit that you make a good point about Ted being an author. All of the tips and info are what he knows, but he didn't actually write down the info on a keyboard or paper. Truthfully there would no book without him.So what constitutes being an author? The physical job of putting words down on paper and/or the information shared in the pages of a book?

Susanne Drazic said...

J Q, I'd be happy to do a review of any of the books from the series when you have them ready to go. As far as how to list Gardener Ted, I'd work the Gardener Ted into the title. As for my choice of covers, I think I'd go with #2.

J Q Rose said...

Hi Susanne. Looks like 1 and 2 are winning so far. Thanks for your feedback.

Tess Grant said...

I like #1!

J Q Rose said...

Thanks, Tess. #1 may be the winner.It's close with #2.

emaginette said...

Q1. I haven't but I've heard of it and like the idea very much.

Q3. Sorry I don't do reviews.

Q4. I'm not sure I like him called Gardener Ted. I would say both full names should be on the front. You could add a note: Maybe changed the series name to something more catching like green thumb or garden patching...

Q5. love number one

Good luck, I hope it does great :-)

Leandra Wallace said...

My vote's for #2. =)

J Q Rose said...

Hi Anna, thanks for your feedback. There's a book out about Blogging your Book by Nina Amir. Haven't read it yet. Guess I should've BEFORE trying this project,eh? !!

J Q Rose said...

Hi Leandra, Thanks for choosing a cover. The votes are about even now for 1 and 2. I might have to make the decision myself afterall!! LOL