Life After Genius Guest Post and Book Giveaway
M. Ann Jacoby is the author of the newly released book Life After Genius. Once she decided she wanted to write a novel, it took her ten years to complete it. (Let’s hope her next one doesn’t take that long.) Jacoby designs book covers and submitted a sample cover with her manuscript. Here’s what she has to say about designing book covers and pursuing a dream.
Designing a book cover is in many ways similar to writing a novel. You start with a blank page and an idea. You rough out your first concept. You explore, you develop, you edit until you have something you like. Then you show it to a few people. They make suggestions. They like this but not that. You pull your hair out of your head because they obviously have no idea what they are talking about. They don’t get your design/story at all. A day goes by. Then two. You’ve dismissed most of the suggestions but a few have stuck in your gut so you go back into your design/story and explore some more and develop some more and edit some more until you have something you really like.
The trick to all this going round and round is to hold to your original vision while simultaneously improving upon it. Don’t dig your heels in so deep that you miss out on an opportunity for growth but you also shouldn’t allow yourself to be talked out of something about which you feel strongly. The bottom line is: the appreciation of art is subjective. But nothing feels better than when you hit a collective nerve.
Having designed book covers and dealt with feedback from editors and marketing people for twenty years well prepared me for the feedback and criticism I received in developing and writing Life After Genuis. I think it made the process, if not easier, at least less personal. That does not mean that I did not pull out my hair and cry many times, but it did help me hold to my dream knowing that the process—however long it took—would eventually lead to an end.
Miriam, from Hachette Books, has provided me with a copy of this refreshing new book to give away. If you would like to win a copy of this book, enter by leaving a comment here by midnight EST, Tuesday, November 4. For two more chances to win, post about this giveaway on your own blog and link back to here. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents. I will use random.org to determine the winner and they will be announced on Wednesday, November 5.
This post is part of the Early Birds Blog Tour celebrating today’s release of Life After Genius – head to Booking Mama to continue on the tour.
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