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  • The History of Book Covers for Project AIJAN

     

    Introducing Cover No. 1

    This cover originated with my first attempts to get AIJAN published as a serial memoir on the now defunct keepitcoming.net.

    Update: 3/22/06--

    keepitcoming.net now has a successor-- virtualtales.com due to start on May 1st.   Read more

     

    Introducing Cover No. 2

    This cover was under consideration for AIJAN - The Blook, but we neglected obtaining copyright permission for the images and ran out of time.  Later on I realized that, that was not such a bad thing, because this strikes me as more of a fiction cover than a non-fiction cover.  Upon completion of the serial, all episodes will be compiled in one (or two) volumes and I might consider the cover above.

     

    Introducing Cover No. 3

    And the winner is!  Classic, simple, personal.  These are some of the words used to describe the above cover.

    What do you think?  Which is your favorite cover?  Share your thoughts.

     

    Introducing Cover No. 4

    No, this cover will not replace cover number three, but it will work in conjunction with cover number three.  Not one to give up easily when I have a thought in mind, I recalled a book format that I've come across from time to time.   Read more

    Introducting Cover No. 5

    This is the cover that actually made it to print.  After I did a survey at the Harlem Book Fair, cover No. 2 and Cover No. 4 were the most popular.  So since I was unable to get permission to use cover No. 2, I advised my Graphic Artist to try to make Cover No. 4 exude the feel of Cover No. 2.  She concluded that it was the pink color and girly atmosphere of Cover No. 2 that was winning folks over.  Actually. I was glad to use Cover No. 5 because although the cover image has locs (as I do), the search for love is not a color thing or even a gender thing for that matter, but a human thing.  I figure  silhouette freely allows the reader to superimpose herself (sorry guys) into the character.