Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Story of Rosie's Book Cover

Cover photo by Rob Resetar
I don't know who said not to judge a book by it's cover, but as a book publisher, I must respectfully disagree. A successful book needs a compelling cover.

During World War II, the U.S. government produced hundreds of posters to help keep up morale at home. They depicted everything from rationing to scrap drives to civil defense. All are in the public domain, and I included a number of them in Rosie's Riveting Recipes. I also chose this one for the cover of my original WW2 ration cookbook, Anna's Kitchen, as it illustrated food rationing perfectly. 




As must as I love this poster, I wanted Rosie's Riveting Recipes to have a different look. Now we've all seen the famous, "We Can Do It," poster. It's a wonderful piece of art, but it's been used so much that it's become a cliche. I choose a different poster, and the following was the original cover art.



It wasn't bad, but it wasn't quite right. Thankfully, I live in Tuscon, Arizona, home of the Pima Air and Space Museum. My good friend, Rob Resetar, needed to shoot some photos to include in the Rosie's Recipes book trailer he was working on. Another friend, Sheryl Ann McKinley, had played Rosie in the video, so the three of us met at the museum and Rob shot photos of Sheryl Ann in front of a few WW2 era airplanes. He also needed a copy of the book cover, so I emailed the above cover to him after the photo shoot. Rob didn't think the cover was right either. His response was, "Let's use one my photos for the cover." The result is what you see today. A unique image that illustrates the story perfectly.

Thank goodness for caring friends, and kudos to Rob and Sheryl Ann. It takes a team to produce a book, and I'm grateful to both for their help.

GM 

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