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My first ‘real’ book cover was for my hardback, The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat.

I tend to put the cart before the horse. My brain usually gets an idea for a cover before I start writing. I’ve been making my own personal photo books for years, usually of our vacations. Out of the hundreds of photos I take, before they’re even off my camera, I usually have a thought as to how I want to make the cover. This comes much easier to me than writing.

Now on my hardback I knew I couldn’t use my furbabies because they are not purebred Ragdolls. I was sent tons of photos for use in my book. Those cat owner and breeders supplied me with cat registry copies for proof of purebred, and thousand of photos. Some were out ruled right away for the front cover because they were not high enough resolution. I was still left with a tough job of choosing because of the gorgeous cats and photo abilities by the gracious people who sent in photos. I looked back to see if I saved my other choice mockups I made. I didn’t, but if they were in the running for the front cover, they made the back cover or one of the eighteen, large chapter photos. I realized I was going to have a blank page (hardback only) after the last chapter and again someone from my Ragdoll online groups stepped up. Alissa Pendorf drew a wonderful portrait of Jenny Dean’s Ragdoll Charlie.

I knew I wanted a head shot and that I wanted to use selective color to focus on the eyes. I made several mock-up choices and had them printed as 8x10s. I put them on my fridge and moved them around for weeks, putting my favorite on the top. Again I was in no hurry because I still had the book to write. Eventually choosing Marsha Harris’ Tessie from Fur Real Ragdolls. Tessie’s half brother Quincy is also in the book, but I really liked how Tessie’s eyes stood out being a seal point mitted.

So that is how my front cover came to be. I’m leaving out all the changes to the title, the editing involved, and the back cover design, but in short I went with what I’d envisioned from the start. On the abridged paperback version, I went with the same cover but in all color.

Looking back my author name should’ve been larger. I was so reluctant to make it too big it looks a little lost down there on the bottom. I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience and not do that on a clients cover.

ThefriendlyFloppyRagdollcat.com

http://design.kimberlymaxwell.com/

Covers by Kim

Kimberly H Maxwell worked in furniture sales and interior design for twenty years. Fifteen of those years, she was the sole proprietor of a local, custom order furniture store. She helped customers design their furniture and handled every detail, including designing ad copy. Kim studied interior design and has an eye for color and design. After choosing to close her retail business in 2008, she had a desire to make a coffee table photo book, but it evolved into a full-fledged detailed book about Ragdoll cats.

She authored the books, The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat, one being a hardcover and the other an abridged paperback version. Her books can regularly be found on Amazon’s best sellers list, under cat breeds. She designed her own book covers and book interiors with over 700 photos and found her passion was still in the design elements.

Kimberly is a professional member of CWA, the Cat Writers Association, several Ragdoll cat groups, writer groups, camera and photography clubs. She has even won a few photo contests, and in 2014 she led Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk.. She has invested time learning and continues to study Photoshop, InDesign, OnOne, Topaz, Nik and Lightroom.

She lives in the Western North Carolina mountains with her husband of 25 years and their two cats. In addition to her love of animals, especially cats, and horses, she values spending time with her family and friends and has a heart for Jesus. She finds joy in all aspects of design, reading, walks, easy hikes and the crisp colors of autumn.

The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat hardback and paperback

Available in hardback or abridged paperback. To read more about the books go to

www.TheFriendlyFloppyRagdollCat.com 

You can virtually thumb through the hardback here
and see the difference between both versions the chart at
http://thefriendlyfloppyragdollcat.com/index_files/About_the_book.htm

Visit my author page on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and on there you’ll find links to purchase. If you’ve read the books and enjoyed them I’d love a review.

Kimberly H Maxwell author photo