When you want to produce a printed book you will need more than just a cover, you need an entire book jacket. A book jacket consists of the cover, the spine and the back cover. Apart from having to design the spine and back cover, don’t forget they should include information on them as well.
- Tag line
- Awards you have won
- ISBN and barcode
- Link to your homepage etc.
- Design credits
Everything outside the pink and purple lines is the bleed margin. There should also be additional bleed margin on both sides of the spine.
When you are designing these, you need to keep in mind that you need a bleed margin. A bleed margin is a certain amount of millimetres (how much depends on the thickness of your book and size of the paper, so make sure to check back with your printers) where the design continues. There shouldn’t be any writing or important parts of design inside the bleed margin, since it gets cut off during production.
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This is a question which has always interested me? In literature we often have the trope of the Chosen One, whether it be Harry Potter or Buffy Summers. Here we have the reluctant hero who was chosen by a prophecy to fulfil a great destiny.
I wanted something different. Valerie’s tragedy in the beginning is that she loves stories about heroes so much she wishes that she was one herself and although she may not be athletic, she certainly has the knowhow for a variety of different ideal images of what a hero constitutes. But her tragedy lies in living in a completely ordinary, boring small town, where nothing ever happens. There’s no evil overlord to start a revolution against, no magical prophecy that foretold she would change the course of the future.
Therefore, Valerie isn’t chosen to be a hero by anyone other than herself. It is her deliberate decision to label herself a hero and try to realize the ideals of heroes she has. That is a very powerful decision I have found in my own life. Don’t be something because other people say you are (“chosen” to be that) or aren’t. Choose your own labels, with which you identify. For example, let’s say you’re a writer. It took me years to learn that I didn’t need anyone else to call me a writer to become one. I already was one, so when people asked me what do I do, I say, self-assured, “I’m a writer” and people accept that.
Being proud of the label you’ve chosen and telling people who you are can be an empowering experience. That’s another issue for Valerie. The first rule of being a secret hero is keeping your identity secret. The only confidant, apart from her partner in hero-ing, is her grandfather.
But this turns out to be less of a problem than she had anticipated. Valerie didn’t become a hero to gain admiration and praise for how selfless she is to help other people. She became a hero because being anonymous, thanks to the mask, allows her to do things she wouldn’t have found the courage to do otherwise. But still the reason, she become a hero in the first place was because it was purely her choice to stop waiting for other people’s validation and become a hero, showing that our choices do matter and define who we are.
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