Having a warehouse (er, basement) full of books for Polka Dot Creations puts me in a position to observe the relationship between a nice looking cover and the content inside the book. I’ve seen a fair amount of awful covers in my time, and while sometimes the book itself is truly awful, often the content is just fine.
You would think that when it comes to art and craft books that the publishers would take extra care to make the covers aesthetically-pleasing. After all, if they are targeting craftspeople, then they are marketing to a group that is highly visual by its very nature. We want to be wowed and enticed, don’t we?
This is probably the least attractive book to cross my desk in a while. And, really, it’s such a shame! Christi Friesen is one of the funniest, most creative people I’ve met. Her self-published project books have very nicely-done cover art, and are entertaining reads even for those of us who are not really into sculpting. If I knew nothing of CF, this book cover would not entice me to learn more. And it would be my loss!
The pages of this book are full of the humor and creativity one would expect from a CF publication. Jewelry and home decor projects featuring leaf & flower, creature, human, and sea motifs are presented in CF’s signature style, with wit, clarity, and encouragement. It’s a very nice book.
I wonder how many people have looked at the cover and just moved on to the next book on the shelf.
I wonder what could be done to improve the first impression of this book.
I wonder if any of you would like a free copy of this fun title.
Oh, you would, would you? Well, I just happen to have one to give away to a random commenter. Leave a comment on this post, and if you can, tell me about a favorite art/craft book and how the cover art factored into your first impressions.
I’ll select a random winner after Noon on Wednesday.