Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Never Too Late .. 172 simple acts to change your life by Patrick Lindsay

It’s Never Too Late … 172 simple acts to change your life
by Patrick Lindsay

How I found this book - I was wondering and wandering around Barnes & Noble one night and I spotted the bike on the front cover of this book and was instantly ‘sold’. I find it amazing how powerful a book’s cover is and can be.

Why I like it - This book is a little gem and I keep it by my bed. At night, I like to fill my mind with positive thoughts and energy (this helps promote good dreams) and positive energy in the morning!

Lindsay’s book is filled with simple suggestions and thought provoking quotes that make you realize that time matters and that it’s never too late to … cuddle, to be a self-starter, to let go, to find your rhythm or to fall in love.

Why you might like it – This book is calming, it's message gives hope and inspires one to think and reflect on the glorious gift of life and the little moments that matter.

Patrick Lindsay (website)

Book covers - they matter!

In the old days, books were sold without a cover and buyers would bind them according to their own desires or needs. Now, the book cover has become one of the most important selling components to a book. Over half of booksellers feel the cover design is the most important component.

If you are accepted by a traditional publishing house, they will design a book cover for your book. If you use a POD (print on demand) publisher, you can hire them to design a cover, or you can submit your own design. When you self-publish you either hire a freelance cover designer or design your own.

The average person spends 8 seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds on the back. It is a fact, that the front cover of a book is what draws the initial attention from the buyer, if he doesn’t like the cover, he won’t look any closer at the book.

Read the rest of the article here: (READ) http://www.speakwithoutinterruption.com/site/2009/05/the-importance-of-a-great-book-cover-design/

I like how Mitch Albom's books are branded with the brown paper bag feel and red outline, I like the plaid on the "Life's Little Instruction Book" and don't forget about Richard Carlson's "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" covers ... after all, it's the small stuff that makes the big stuff.

Book covers - they matter!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

"Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom
Random House / 1997

**Inspiring, touching and unforgettable.

Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Rutledge Hill Press

** The introduction to this book is an all-time favorite and reminds me that a book's introduction matters!