5 November 2020
Lynda McKinney Lambert
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Lynda McKinney Lambert
I am thinking about
how to choose a book cover design.
Our cover presentation is the first thing the public views. The image determines how the poems and stories are measured.
How does this image reflect what is in the book?
Measure the content of the book against the initial impression that my cover portends.
Your image on the book cover is a signifier. What?
Yesterday, I received an unexpected review by a juror who examined my book,
The Juror’s Commentary gave me more to think about for the books I am currently working on. That is a gift, and timely. I am in the final stages of revising my first published book
I plan to have the revised and expanded new version completed at the end of this month.
The new version will be published as
Songs for the Pilgrimage: Stories & Poems
I will be able to use The Juror’s Commentary to look at my manuscript carefully because of this information.
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems
~ Book Awards Review ~
I really like the cover design of this collection. The deep purple sky and all the stars are so soothing to look at, and I think it’s a great image to captivate and draw in readers.
I also appreciated how simply and clearly formatted the rest of the collection was.
That way the poems are featured, and there’s nothing in the way of reading them, getting right into them. I appreciated the variety of theme and subject here too. There’s a lovely mood to them all that stays through the collection in the same vibe as the cover image.
One of my favorites was the
which has an inky spookiness to it, but it also light and ephemeral as dreams so often feel. It’s really effusive and lovely.
I also loved
“Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti”
for how it was almost a narrative but hit that poetic level of description. I really like how that one moment in time, described so nicely, relates to moments in my life and hits poignantly on those small things that make life interesting in how normal they can be.
Hard to describe the feeling that one gave me, but I really loved it.
I would love to see the voice expressed here pushed even more to see what else could be touched on.
(The commentary was provided by Juror #74.
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