When I updated The Little Book and expanded it to nearly twice its length, I wanted a new cover to bring it to the attention of potential new readers. To that end I studied the covers of best-selling writing books and came up with a design I thought fit into the genre pretty well while also standing out with bold graphic elements and color. To point up the “writing” theme and harmonize with the antique look of the quill pen, I chose Century, a classic text typeface dating back to the 1890s that happily does double duty as display type. Many text faces do not, or at least not successfully. Century is both timeless and versatile.
I carried the red into the book’s interior with the headlines and ornaments. The red quill pen re-appears inside as section and chapter break ornaments, and in the color of the Table of Contents links.
The Little Book of Self-Editing for Writers (Revised and Expanded Edition) is available now at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au, and all Amazon stores for $4.99 or the local equivalent. It will be available soon at Kobo.