Just Kevin said:
Well...the book is called "Coding Hour," there are some cryptic messages stuck to a post with a knife...It could be about tic tak toe or even Sudoku.
Yes, that certainly would be my first thought.
Just Kevin said:
Well...the book is called "Coding Hour," there are some cryptic messages stuck to a post with a knife...It could be about tic tak toe or even Sudoku.I am pretty sure that the book is not a western,As in cowboys and Indians I assume? No not that. a Regency romance,Nor that. humor or science fiction.But it could be either of those latter two or both. The cover may not zero in on a specific sub-sub genre, but I don't think it fails to convey something of its nature to the potential reader.It does not answer my question, so surely does not answer the question for the potential reader. But you are right that the addition of the papers pinned to the post offer more of a clue. To me it now says 'old school' pre-computer sorts of codes. Is that correct? Although computers have been and are used to crack them, which would interest those interested in computers, too, so would spread the potential market more? Perhaps the back view of someone sat at a desk in front of a laptop while studying sheets of old-school codes? Just a thought.
Then Skoob would lose the small-town connection he wants to get across. It might be possible to keep the police connection if the person is in uniform, but that might not come across easily in a back view. Too, he might also lose the implied threat/crime angle that the knife in the pole suggests.
I don't think that it matters at all whether or not the "codes" are seen to be old-school or not. That there is any connection with computer coding at all is sufficient. I don't see any need to get more specific than that.
Perhaps some of these issues might be resolved by making one of the messages pinned to the pole be blatantly computerese of some sort.
Ron Miller said:
Well...the book is called "Coding Hour," there are some cryptic messages stuck to a post with a knife...I am pretty sure that the book is not a western, a Regency romance, humor or science fiction. The cover may not zero in on a specific sub-sub genre, but I don't think it fails to convey something of its nature to the potential reader.
Thanks Ron great idea! By front matter you mean like the copyright page etc? Since all of those would be on one page correct? What do you think adding a cover photo at teach section or just leave the titles and text?
Yes. The front matter is everything up to the first page of the book proper: i.e., the title page, frontispiece, copyright page, etc.
You main book--that is, the compilation itself--can have all of these things. But the individual sections shouldn't. For instance, all of their copyright notices can be combined into one and placed among the front matter of the book. But each individual section, even though they were originally free-standing books in their own right, should be treated now more like chapters within a larger book...or perhaps more like individual stories in an anthology. All they need is their titles.
Preceding each section with a photo would be an attractive way to separate the different parts of the book.
First, I would come up with a title for the composite book. A subtitle can make it clear that the book is a collection of shorter volumes.
The contents page would list, instead of chapters, the titles of the individual books collected. You might want to lead off with a brief introduction explaining the genesis for the anthology.
The copyright page for the compilation can list the titles, dates and copyright information for each of the books that are included in the collection.
I would eliminate all of the front matter in each book, leaving just the text itself. What would look nicest would be for the title of each book to be on a right-hand page with the text beginning on the following right-hand page.