What would make a good poetry book cover?

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  1. Bard of Ely profile image81
    Bard of Elyposted 12 years ago

    I have a book on its way to getting published entitled The Bard Word and it will be over 80 pages of my poems on all sorts of subjects including love, nature, social injustice, animal rights and other topics as well as selection of my song lyrics. It will be going on lulu.com

    But I need to decide what sort of image I want on the cover to help sell as many as possible and to express me and my work! This is not as easy as it may sound. It's like saying write a bio in one word because it is one image to convey what my writings are about!

    Has anyone got any ideas about what would be likely to attract your attention to such a book? What sort of image do I need for it? Please let me know.

    1. mohitmisra profile image59
      mohitmisraposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I had an artist friend make my cover.Its a soothing cover and yes your cover is very important as it finishes the book and an eye catching cover will help in its visibility.Get professional help if you have to-I did. smile

    2. dianegarcia85 profile image59
      dianegarcia85posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Bard of Ely -

      You wrote this about 4 wks ago... if you've yet to find an image to portray your individuality on your book cover - may I make a suggestion?

      We all have images, shapes, colors, prints, something that intrigues us.  We create an identity association to it, and it then becomes a part of us.

      For instance... I know a man, who loves the moon.  Its shape, its light, the comforting way it hovers, almost like a companion, a friend that has your back at all times, always there for him.  The moon would mean that to him.

      Look inside to find what is that "you" factor.  Walk outside and look around.  Smell flowers and leathered materials.  Stimulate a memory.  Find you.

      smile Diane

  2. vitaeb profile image60
    vitaebposted 12 years ago

    I very much like the image you use for your hubs, Bard. It says everything about you one needs to know to want to read your work. Imagine if all your books had the same cover but of course with different titles. Your image would become more than just your image. Your face speaks of sincerity and quality. I say, use it for you covers.

    1. Bard of Ely profile image81
      Bard of Elyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you very much for your very complimentary feedback, Vitae!
      I will bear this in mind although at the moment it looks likely that some artwork I did with the title on top will be what is used. It is on display in my hub about my book.

  3. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    Well, Of course you should use some of my art as its beauty will attract even the illetarte to buy your book

    typos kept for ironies sake

    1. sunforged profile image71
      sunforgedposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      To be more serious, dont get hung up on an image really summing up all that you are ! It really is more of a marketing tool then anything- make them buy it! your words will represent you better than any cover art

  4. Cris A profile image60
    Cris Aposted 12 years ago

    I think a figure of a quill on a plain, sort of like aged looking textured background.  Quill and bard seem to belong to the same era.  Don't you think so?


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