Speaking of book covers – yesterday I made the executive decision to change the name of my publishing company from Grasher publishing to Hazel Dell Press. I may have shared this before. What I found out though that making such a change meant I needed to have a brand new ISBN! Apparently the title of the book and the name of the publishing company are all part of what makes each book unique. So to change one or the other means starting over. Completely.
And then I discovered that my ISBN profile was still tied up with the book I did for St. Mary’s Parish back in 2010. So when I bought the new ISBN it did not say Hazel Dell Press it said St. Mary’s Press. Double yikes! So I sent an email to Bowker, the company that handles ISBN’s requesting the company name change. Hopefully it will go through and I won’t have to buy yet another ISBN.
I wanted the name of the publishing company on the cover as well as a link to my website. Apparently this information cannot be included in the Amazon description when submitting a book through Createspace but it is okay on the cover. So at least if people look at the back cover they will find a link to my site. Nice.
Basically what I have done in formatting my own cover is used a children’s book that was similar in style and age group to my own – and duplicating it as much as I can. One of my favorite children’s books is Liz Kessler’s – Mermaid books. This is the back cover of Emily Winsnap and the Castle in the Mist on the left and my own cover on the right. Of course it is not exactly the same but I tried to include the same information such as price, publisher, contact information.
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