poetry and prose about place

choosing book covers and titles

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I was recently at a writing workshop about independent (or self) publishing. The instructor took us through an interesting exercise … creation of a book title and book cover for a story. Each of us was asked to provide the potential name of a book and a verbal description of the book’s cover. The audience tried to guess the book genre, general plot and story.


This exercise illustrated how important it is for writers considering independent publication of their work to chose titles and book covers carefully. This would be a great exercise for anyone trying to see if their ideas get a good initial reader response.


I provided the title for my new fantasy tale: Meniscus

and a verbal description of the following cover sketch:





Most people guessed correctly that this will be a Science-fiction/Fantasy (I think the alien sky helped). They also thought the book might be about an encounter between alien species.


Only two people in the audience knew what ‘meniscus’ meant.

Google provides the following definition:

– the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube.
– a lens that is convex on one side and concave on the other
– a thin, fibrous cartilage between the surfaces of some joints
The word is an apt description of the plot of the story since the main character is in the liminal place of passing from one style of life into another, from a life of servitude into one of freedom. A meniscus is also descriptive of water at its interface with air – my setting is a planet (named Meniscus) where water and air do not behave themselves as they do on Earth.
Probably Meniscus is not a very good title for a book all by itself since it would only mean something to a few potential readers. So, in the tradition of fantasy novels, I think I will add a sub-title and call my book Meniscus: Crossing The Churn. If I continue to like this cover, I will do a painting for the actual cover of the book. If I publish it, I will use my first name since this is a different genre from my poetry book.
So what is The Churn? …. stayed tuned!
Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

November 16, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. The Churn? A disturbance in the meniscus layer?

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    Lone Grey Squirrel

    November 16, 2016 at 7:37 am

    • That’s funny. A disturbance in the … hard not to make my furry Arginop behave like Yoda!


      jane tims

      November 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

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