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JennaGlatzer
10-04-2005, 07:12 AM
I haven't quite figured out how to post things on the official SOS site that Richard is designing yet, so I put the cover preview up on the page on my site here: http://www.jennaglatzer.com/strength.htm

Thank you TONS to Danny Mehl, the graphic designer, who also happens to be Nancy Mehl's son (Nancy is a writer and member here).

You can see more of Danny's work here: http://www.aigadesignjobs.org/public/individual_details.asp?individual_id=82594&from_url=true

He's working on the back cover now.

LieselGarmach
10-04-2005, 07:39 AM
Awesome :)

paprikapink
10-04-2005, 07:41 AM
Beeeeyooooooootiful!

Dramatic, yet happy.

mdin
10-04-2005, 07:58 AM
schweet.

He did an excellent job.

sthrnwriter
10-04-2005, 08:02 AM
I love the cover. It's simple but beautiful. Danny Mehl did a good job. :)

OneTeam OneDream
10-04-2005, 08:22 AM
I wasn't crazy about the flower in the concrete idea...........until I saw that.


WOW!

AmyBA
10-04-2005, 08:22 AM
It's beautiful-- simple and elegant. I love how the word "strength" is in red, just like the Gerbera daisy (which is my favorite flower, too).

mswendy
10-04-2005, 08:52 AM
Wow! That looks awesome. Great job!

September skies
10-04-2005, 09:07 AM
I love it.
Great job.

AdamH
10-04-2005, 09:07 AM
Wicked cool!!!!!

janetr
10-04-2005, 09:25 AM
The cover is fantastic--eyecatching. What an incredible job done by everyone involved.

Jenna, as I read the timeline you posted, I was wondering if the writers will still have an opportunity to read their work before the final printing? Of course, I have found a couple typos in my works. No matter how many times I proofread (and I do it for a living!), I find mistakes. I have confidence that they will be found by the experts and process already in place but I thought I would ask just the same.

Thank you, thank you, for your hard work! Take a break and let your husband pamper you awhile! :kiss:

Janet Ross-Pilla

BlueTexas
10-04-2005, 09:39 AM
The cover looks great! I love the spareness of it, and the fact that the charity status is on the cover.

aruna
10-04-2005, 10:11 AM
Jenna, that cover is absolutely spectacular. Bravo!

Shwebb
10-04-2005, 01:18 PM
I really like it--simple and direct, eyecatching. I like how the red is used, since the charity is the Red Cross--sort of a subliminal "extra;" I don't know how to put it better than that.

And I like the cracked ground better than just a crack in the concrete--seems even more barren and thus more juxtaposed to me.

Great!

Richard
10-04-2005, 02:43 PM
Cool. Jenna - can you shoot me any hi-res images ASAP so that I can play around with web ideas?

rtilryarms
10-04-2005, 02:53 PM
Excellent, I am posting it outside my office for the curious minded.

How much would it cost, or is it even possible, for an individual contributer to have a vanity book which included thier name? Or does that constitute another isbn or something. Even with a minimum order?

I am more curious than serious. Would just be an awesome Christmas present or something.

Cabria
10-04-2005, 04:06 PM
Jenna,

The book cover is striking. It has that "stand out" quality that would certainly bring it attention on a bookstore shelf or rack. The selective placing of red colouring ties in beautifully. And the gentle flower pushing its way through the cracked ground - sums it up really, doesn't it? I love it, love it. Wonderful work by all involved. This book cover speaks volumes in strength, pride and endurance. OK...I'll stop now.

Debbie :)
(Guess what? - I realllly love it!)

Sully
10-04-2005, 04:14 PM
Simple, direct, and beautiful...
I love it.

Mary

biotales
10-04-2005, 04:18 PM
:hooray: :hooray: :Jump: :Jump: :Jump: :partyguy: :partyguy: :partyguy: :Thumbs: :Thumbs: :TheWave: :TheWave:
Well the sums up how I feel...
Just one thing though Jenna.... MY NAME IS NOT ON THE FRONT COVER????:ROFL:

Alphabet
10-04-2005, 04:21 PM
I think I prefered Maestrowork's first version....

No, I'm just KIDDING!!!!!!

It is a beautiful cover.

I don't know how Jenna feels, being closer to all of that, but it feels to ME like the frantic cover hunt was all worth while to end at this. I can't think of anything I would prefer to see represent our anthology.

PattiTheWicked
10-04-2005, 04:33 PM
Beautiful. Very classy indeed, and well worth the wait.

Christine N.
10-04-2005, 04:40 PM
That's awesome! Can we get it in a jpeg file, to put on websites?? I have info about the book on the homepage of my site, I'd love to put the cover up too!

Richard
10-04-2005, 04:42 PM
How much would it cost, or is it even possible, for an individual contributer to have a vanity book which included thier name? Or does that constitute another isbn or something. Even with a minimum order

You could do it for free (if Jenna gave you the files), although it would be a bit fiddly. You'd need to put your own name on the cover with (glances at font) Copperplate, then upload the whole lot to your own Lulu account, order a copy, and delete the project from the server.

Sarita
10-04-2005, 05:13 PM
Just lovely, Jenna. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

NancyMehl
10-04-2005, 05:27 PM
Just had to pipe in here....

I love the cover, too. Of course, I happen to love the designer even more. <S>

Signed,

Proud Mom

P.S. (He also designed the cover for my new book, Malevolence!)

rtilryarms
10-04-2005, 05:30 PM
Thanks, Richard. Not sure I'd want to but knowing that it is possible might make a unique twist. I see red flags though.

JAlpha
10-04-2005, 05:56 PM
Way to go Jenna :Clap:

Great work Danny http://www.mir3europe.com/forum/images/smilies/artist.gif

I've always felt book cover designs were a high art, right up there with architecture.

And for me, regarding nonfiction books, I think the cover design should convey the message in the least intrusive way.

It's been a long time since I graded a work of art, graphic or otherwise, but you both get a gold star.

http://www.buzzlife.com/forums/images/smilies/star.gif

maestrowork
10-04-2005, 06:22 PM
I still like mine better. <cue sound of peeling sour grapes...>


Hee hee... seriously, though it's a nice cover. But it should pass the "10-feet test." I think the gray texts might need to be darkened a bit to stand out, and the title should be a tad bigger. Then again, if this book is not going to be on shelves, face out, that doesn't really matter.

Other than that, it's a really lovely cover.

Jean Marie
10-04-2005, 06:47 PM
I still like mine better. <cue sound of peeling sour grapes...>
Hee hee... seriously, though it's a nice cover. But it should pass the "10-feet test." I think the gray texts might need to be darkened a bit to stand out, and the title should be a tad bigger. Then again, if this book is not going to be on shelves, face out, that doesn't really matter.
Other than that, it's a really lovely cover.

It's gonna be on shelves in my area-Fairfield County, CT-already have that worked outhttp://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

It's a bit of out of the mist feeling-way tres cool Jenna and Dannyhttp://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteClap.gif

CharmianChristie
10-04-2005, 07:41 PM
The cover is perfect. The use of the red is very effective. Subtle but powerful. I'll be proud to see my name between the covers.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to get the art and jacket design pulled together so quickly.

Charmian

ChunkyC
10-04-2005, 08:29 PM
It is stunning, isn't it? Mucho kudos, Danny.

We did look at another version with the title much larger on 2 lines, but it tended to overpower the rest of the cover. Red is an overt, brash colour to begin with. Large red text detracts from the power this colour imparts to the flower, which works beautifully when allowed to be the focal point of the design.

However, we will be using the 2 line title as the header on the poster/flyer. We should have it finalized shortly now that we have the front cover.

As for stuff we can put on our sites ... as always, Jenna has the final say, but we certainly will want to get that image out there with our advertizing efforts now that it has been finalized. Keep in mind that Dawno is going to be making cover-design-coordinated clickable banner/button images for everyone to use on their sites.

clintl
10-04-2005, 08:34 PM
Very nice!

Vanessa
10-04-2005, 08:40 PM
I absolutely love it. The simplicity of this cover is as strong as the message it reveals. Beautiful work! I am proud to be a part of this great cause.

Ken Schneider
10-04-2005, 08:46 PM
Looks great. Excellent work.

Just a few more things to finalize, and whamoo!

I'm still going to wait until I get the press release, price, date available, and poster jpeg before I start the blitz.

Ken

Kim Gogo
10-04-2005, 09:03 PM
Nice! The minimal colour and the clean layout is very appropriate.

Question though: Because there are no leaves, it leads me to believe the flower is new. Do they bloom that fully when they are so young? My thumbs are far from green so I don't know if they even have leaves...let alone how they bloom.

I do like how the image fades and the text sits above and is clean. I also like the font. Very professional! Good work, Danny and thanks to you, Jenna and all involved on the cover art for all the work.

kim

Christine N.
10-04-2005, 09:38 PM
How long does Lulu usually take to ship books? The reason I'm asking is that I've contacted the Delaware Heritage Commission about their authors day, in the beginning of Nov. They try to fill the room with Del authors, but if they have spaces left over, they offer them to out of state but still local authors.

I still won't have my own book for the day, but I would be proud to take this with me and sell! They will probably give me no less than a week advance notice.

ChunkyC
10-04-2005, 10:13 PM
Lulu's shipping info is here (http://www.lulu.com/help/node/view/15#shipping). Just above is the info on how long it takes to produce the book before it ships.

maestrowork
10-04-2005, 10:15 PM
Lulu usually takes about 3 business days to print the book, then it depends on your shipping method. UPS ground would obviously take much longer than next-day (but far cheaper). But, you should expect your book to arrive within 7 business days, I'd think.

Rose colored glasses
10-04-2005, 11:00 PM
Great job! I'm glad, for everyone's stress level, that the cover is a done deal.


I look forward to dawno's banners! I will for sure add one to my website. I already have the SoS web link.

JennaGlatzer
10-05-2005, 01:46 AM
So glad you all like it. :)

A few answers to things asked here and in e-mails:

-I don't have the high-res version yet.

-I did change the byline under a bit of pressure (*cough*) because people suggested that my name on the cover would sell more books than Absolute Write's name on the cover. I am explaining in the acknowledgments and introduction that I was far from the only editor on the project.

-I'm not looking for critiques.

NOW THE (inevitable) SNAG:

The Red Cross wants me to fill out some paperwork and go through an application process. I'm a bit annoyed, but trying to understand. They're not allowing us to use their name on the cover until they've "accepted" the application.

Again, I'm telling you this just to inform you of what's going on, not to ask for input. (I don't mean that to sound snotty-- I just can't handle the amount of correspondance I'm receiving about this book right now.)

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 02:15 AM
Fully understood....not taken snottily. :)

It's unfortunate that, even with charity, red tape bogs things down.

kim

awatkins
10-05-2005, 02:21 AM
Thanks for the updates, Jenna. Hang in there--this, too, shall pass. In a few months, we'll all be gabbing about how many hundreds of thousands of copies have sold. :D

ChunkyC
10-05-2005, 02:25 AM
Here's hoping the paperwork is expedited.

Rose colored glasses
10-05-2005, 02:30 AM
Red tape :Hammer:

Beaurocracy:Hammer:


Jenna, if I was a lady of wealth, I'd send you off to a spa for the weekend. You need it, girl! Comforting thought - good works always bring blessings.

Ken Schneider
10-05-2005, 02:44 AM
So glad you all like it. :) A few answers to things asked here and in e-mails:

If I could send less than zero e-mails I would. sigh.

Jenna is overworked with this project and her own deadlines.

I won't be sending any e-mails. I'll wait like a good little boy.

Ken Schneider

Robin Bayne
10-05-2005, 03:58 AM
That is fantastic!! Tasteful and will draw attention!!! :Clap:

Jenny
10-05-2005, 04:00 AM
Kim, finally a question I can answer (ie non-writing related;)). Looks to me that the flower is a gerbera. Nice flowers, great for florists, no leaves on stems. Originally from Africa. Grows well here in Australia. Never knew one to force its way through concrete, but hey, this is a strong flower! I love the cover.

Ken Schneider
10-05-2005, 04:06 AM
Looks like it's coming up through the parched outback Jenny.


I hope a joey doesn't step on it.
Ken

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 04:08 AM
Thanks, Jenny! I would never have known. Similarly, the tulip has no leaves. What's with these flowers? Do they think they're too pretty to need 'em?! ;)

The only things I can grow well are grass and dandelions...oh, and my kids. :)

kim

JennaGlatzer
10-05-2005, 05:26 AM
Jenna, if I was a lady of wealth, I'd send you off to a spa for the weekend.

Now THAT sounds like a good idea! ;)

Seriously, I'm way behind on my "real" work. But I'll get over it quickly when I hear that SoS has brought in a quatrillion dollars for disaster relief. :)

Vanessa
10-05-2005, 05:54 AM
Nice! The minimal colour and the clean layout is very appropriate.

Question though: Because there are no leaves, it leads me to believe the flower is new. Do they bloom that fully when they are so young? My thumbs are far from green so I don't know if they even have leaves...let alone how they bloom.

I do like how the image fades and the text sits above and is clean. I also like the font. Very professional! Good work, Danny and thanks to you, Jenna and all involved on the cover art for all the work.

kim

Kim..if I may dip in for a sec... I read so much into this cover..

What I see is the struggle of a flower which endured through concrete and still prevailed in beautiful bloom. Being without leaves makes this scene so much more appropriate to the title. It's not perfect, as any situation, but it sustained the outcome of a struggle of growth. It's as perfect as it can be without leaves, and that's what truly matters, which simply describes Stories of Strength. It's how we read, interpret, and gather what we need to bloom.

September skies
10-06-2005, 01:54 AM
I'm still going to wait until I get the press release, price, date available, and poster jpeg before I start the blitz.

Yes, I'm waiting too. I keep checking the Press Release thread and have not seen anything new. I know one thing....it'll be worth the wait.

Poppy
10-06-2005, 02:05 AM
I understand about the Red Cross and their red tape. Hopefully they'll give you the green light soon.

Beautiful cover, I like what the image represents.

Paint
10-06-2005, 03:33 AM
Absolutely beautiful Jenna! Danny!! I love the simplicity and abstract quality of it. Powerful image. Good job!!!

I've been out of the loop for a while with no computer...you guys have been busy!!

mommie4a
10-06-2005, 05:17 AM
Powerful image. I like the use of color versus black and white. Congrats on getting it finalized. :) And for the hard work.

meryl
10-06-2005, 10:33 PM
Made a button that matches those 85x15 buttons that many bloggers have. Could not fit the entire Stories of Strength even without the flower... so this was the best I could do. Feel free to steal.

http://www.meryl.net/images/strength.png (http://www.storiesofstrength.com/)

Greenwolf103
10-08-2005, 01:58 AM
So simple and yet so beautiful! :Clap:

JennaGlatzer
10-08-2005, 03:24 AM
Thanks, Meryl!

meryl
10-08-2005, 06:27 PM
Someone asked me how to post the button on a Web site. Thought I should share the info here as not everyone knows HTML (that's OK!).

First, right-click on the button, select "save image as" and put it wherever you want. Upload the file to your blog's server (I know... jargon, but it depends on your service).

Find the place in your blog where you want to put the button. Then enter the following (do not put hard returns anywhere... cut short for easier reading:


<a href="http://www.storiesofstrength.com/">
<img src="http://www.yourwebsite.com/images/strength.png"
alt="Stories of Strength" height="15" width="85" border="0" /></a>


The src should point to wherever you put the file. Feel free to follow up with questions.