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Subject: Re: BOOK REVIEW: Bull by the Horns Date: 10/3/2012 10:22 AM
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As is often the case, this rattled around in my head and in Word long enough while composing it...

You didn't mention whether you've submitted the piece to a major publication. Of course, it may be better to wait and post that after it's been accepted.

One other suggestion:

Although the book as described is obviously highly personal, its chronicle of actual events makes it much more than a biased opinion piece or expose. It might not hurt to mention in your review that the book cover doesn't do much to enhance the credibility, "gravitas," objectivity and significance of the book. The right cover can do a lot to sell books.

IMNSHO, Bair should have put a big picture of herself on the back (rather than on the front), and instead have hired a graphic artist to create an arresting icon or cover graphic sort of like the "noun project" of the AIGA graphic design organization.

http://thenounproject.com/

Even the author of the Hunger Games realized that the mysterious bird and arrow graphic would lend greater significance and appeal to her book than a picture of a girl with a bow & arrow would.

But then, cover art is a matter of taste. I happen to like icons and symbols.

OTOH, I'm sure there's an academic paper out there somewhere that examines how cover art correlates to sales and critical reception.

;-)
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