5 Cover Stories: Pick Me!

I’d love to have input for a book cover.

After culling through pictures from backpacks, I identified five that might work for my next collection of essays. The self-published book will be entitled “Another Companion for the Journey: 40 Reflections (and Questions) on Faith.”

Though the words inside a book are the important part, covers matter. If a reader knows an author, the cover serves as a “welcome back” greeting. If a reader has never heard about the author, the same cover represents a “let’s get to know each other” invitation.

Here are the 5. What would be your top 2 choices?

If you have an extra moment, let me know why . . .

Photo #1

Photo #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #2

Photo #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #3

Photo #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #4

Photo #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #5

Photo #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos, especially #5, would be cropped for a cover. Each also needs a bit of “photoshopping” . . . to clean up scratches and highlight colors.

I look forward to hearing from you. Make a comment. Or send me your thoughts ala larry (at) larrypatten (dot) com. Thanks!!!!!

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24 Responses to 5 Cover Stories: Pick Me!

  1. Tammy Kirkwood

    1st choice would be #4
    2nd choice would be #3

    I picked four because the backpacker looks like he’s taking in the beauty of the view and ready to take that journey toward it, or he’s made it up the climb and just completed the journey up from the lake.

  2. Tammy Kirkwood

    ugh, there’s no edit button on this. 2nd choice is 5, not 3.

  3. Valerie

    I choose 5 & 4 also. 3 has too much snow. Makes me shiver! #5 is my first choice. I like that there are 2 people looking at the awesome view ….either rejoicing in how far they have come or planning the next challenge! #4 has a sliver of water. I like that.

  4. Theresa Mason

    I pick # 1 because the person is far enough away that I can picture myself there too. The trees in photo 2 make me feel uncententered and off balance. I agree too much snow in # 3
    # 4 looks like you have already arrived, rather than an invitation to start the journey.
    # 5 is good too; like the start of a 40 day journey.

  5. Theresa Mason

    I pick # 1 because the person is far enough away that I can picture myself there too. The trees in photo 2 make me feel uncentered and off balance. I agree too much snow in # 3
    # 4 looks like you have already arrived, rather than an invitation to start the journey.
    # 5 is good too; like the start of a 40 day journey.

  6. Scott H. Kirby

    Good selection of photos.
    For me, the tie-in with the title of photo #5 is; There is a single soul about to begin (or continue) a journey. A formidable journey with no clear path nor guidance . . Except maybe from the peaceful, big, blue sky.

    Photo #2 shows a difficult, rock strewn path with a clearing. The trees in the clearing appear to be showing the way up to Him

  7. Cherrie Smith

    #5 is my first pick. I’d pitch my tent for that view and it looks like a good basecamp with plenty of room to explore, reflect. I hope you give some sort of description of where that is on the dustcover. #4 is my second pick. It has the view and the feeling of awe.
    So excited, the wait is almost over.

  8. HL Arledge

    I prefer 4, but I could like with 2 or 3.

  9. Judie knapp

    Choice 4.
    Choice 5

  10. Pat Pickett

    My post disappeared. Is it just waiting to be okay’d, or do I need to write it over?

  11. Pat Pickett

    Okay, I found it under the picture. If you can’t find your post and you wrote it under the picture. That’s where you’ll find it. I’m reposting what I wrote there.

    Larry,
    I chose this one (#3) because of all the footprints ahead of me. I’m standing at the beginning, or in the middle, looking ahead. It gives me hope that others have gone before me. At first I didn’t see the hiker. BUT, the hiker is genderless and that is even better. It means that all of us can walk this way whether we are a man, OR a woman…maybe even a kid! Some of the other pictures make me feel the journey is inaccessible. I also like the idea of looking up to the mountains…kind of biblical. Pat

  12. I like number 5. Not sure if you have a consensus yet.

  13. Debbie Riffle

    I like 5 – because there is a companion on the journey

  14. Jeannie Ammon

    I like #4 best. Looking out at the vista before him.

  15. mary anne downey

    I chose #2 and # 5. They both appear peaceful to me. Also I like the
    trees included in them.

  16. Diane

    I like both #4 and #5. #4 seems like a final destination as others have said, #5 is more like a challenge ahead, the road far less travelled. Good luck with the book, Larry!!

  17. Christie Lawrence

    I love them all! But if I have to choose, I pick 1 and 5. Sooo beautiful!

  18. I really like #4 for many of the reasons already noted; however, #5 is also good. Both capture a sense of an adventure and amazing scenery. If I could pick a third–I’m always a troublemaker–I would also say that #1 is wonderful. Good luck with the decision, and book!

  19. JAJones

    First Choice: #1
    Second Choise: #5
    To me, these two pictures best go with the word “journey.”

  20. Delaine

    #5 then #1. These two feel the most reflective for a new journey.

  21. Beth

    #4 because it seems to best fit the title.

  22. Fist Choice–#1
    2nd Choice–#5

    I am appreciating the posts each week.
    Pastor Earl

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