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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A Cover Gallery For the Official Release Day!

Hi guys, today is the official release date of my book. That’s a little meaningless now, because they went ahead and sent it out two weeks early to everyone who ordered it. (Check out this amazing first review on Amazon! “Erik Hazzard” totally sounds like a name I made up to review my own book, but I promise that he’s real and I don’t know him) and my release party isn’t until Friday, but it’s still a special day, so I thought I would mark the occasion by putting up all the covers I mocked up for the book over the years. Some of these I put on the blog back in the day, and others will be new to all of you!

I started with the idea that this was a populist manifesto (That’s Joel McCrea from Sullivan’s Travels):


I still love this title and cover:

This title/cover was a shameless rip-off of Blake Snyder:

The one should look familiar to longtime fans of the blog:

My agent wondered if we could sell this as a marketing book, which seemed like a longshot, but I did a cover mark-up to see what that would look like:



I decided that the last essay in the book called Scheherazade to mind, so I played with two covers featuring her:


I went back and forth as to whether or not this should be a book specifically for rewriting:
In the end, I’m glad we went with the branding and cover we have!  Leave these things up to the professionals, folks!  Now go out and buy the book, if you please.  I hear that it’ll be face-out at Barnes and Noble for a month!

3 comments:

Justin Walsh said...

Congrats again, Matt. I hope you are richly rewarded :)

Erik Hazzard said...

I'm real! (Or so I claim.) Congratulations on the book release, and thank you for the blog posts and the book. My only complaint is that it I wish I had this book years ago. Please keep up the great work, and we're looking forward to more podcasts - my wife and I are a big fan-boy/girl (and I got a shoutout! hah!)

Matt Bird said...

Thanks so much for the review, Erik!