Help Sid Choose a Book Cover

October 1, 2012

Hi Everyone,  (Bonus Article)

As most of you know I'm writing a book about Lake Chapala Mexico because I want to share my love.

One of the most important things you do in the book creation process is to come up with a great book idea. That one was easy enough.

A great title is important of course. This one took more work, but we've got a good one based on all our feedback so far.

Next in line is to create a book cover that makes people want to pick it up from the bookstore shelf, or from a virtual bookstore like Amazon and consider a purchase.

OK, I've not decided on either of the two below so far but, I will be consulting other designers as well, but I wanted to see if I'm going in the right direction by asking you, our club members and guests what you think.

So, here are some designs for you to consider. Which one do you like ? Why, if you know, do you like it best? You don't have to give a reason.

You can let me know what you think by e mail to or by commenting below. OK, Here are the choices. Vote for Blue or Sepia.

Siempre tu amigo, Sid Grosvenor


  • Susie

    They are both lovely.  The Sepia is more eye-catching.  Look forward to the book!

  • Rafael Zayas

    Blue on cover and sepia on backcover…

  • Andreas_vides

    Blue, as the faces stand out more clearly. Best of luck.

  • Hamish

    Sepia gives more of an impression of life, color, sense of activity.
    Blue is more laid-back, quiet.

  • Labelledujure

    I like the sepia because it seems livelier.  Like how Mexico is very colorful.  

  • rockyn

    The both look great…One looks like day time and other night time. Maybe do both on the front?

  • Heather

    The sunset version is very nice and the people tend to stand out more, partly because their lighting is a bit different – sun is setting behind them, yet they are illuminated in a whiter light from in front. They “blend” in more with the blue version because it looks more natural to have them in that version of the photo. The white title text stands out more in the sunset version because there’s less white in that background photo. Either one works, however. I’ve seen some books released with multiple versions of the front cover… is that an option for yours?

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Heather,

    Good analysis. Yes, I had thought of releasing with different covers. Need more study on the pluses and minuses of this idea. Thanks as always for your help.

    Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Rockyn,  Yes, I have the same problem. I like both too. THanks for your input, I really do appreciate it. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Labelledujure, One thing for sure, Mexico is a lively country. Thanks for your thoughts, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Hamish,  Several people feel this way. Thanks for  helping me. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Andreas, Good and to the point. Good observation. Thanks for your help. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Rafael, Interesting idea. Had not thought of this before. Thanks, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Susie, Well, I really want to catch those eyes. The primary function of a cover.

    I appreciate your input a lot. Thanks, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Jackie Martinez

    Hi Sid

    I think the cover with all the warm tones is my favorite.  Those are the colors that always come to mind when I think of Mexico.  What a lovely picture of you and your wife. I think the design is very attractive.
    Jackie Martinez

  • Msaffery7

    Sid, I like the one on the left.  I do think the cover would be better w/o the couple in it.  As a single person I find the couple thing sort of discriminatory.  Chapala is for everyone and anyone who wants a better life.  

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Jackie, Thanks for your thoughts on the cover and especially for the kinds words for the photo with my better half. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Msaffery7,

    Thanks for your input especially regarding the couple photo vs. a single person.
    Of course it’s not meant to be discriminatory. We do have a lot of singles here and a singles group that meets regularly too. 

    But, I get your point. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Judith

    Hi Sid…I too like blue.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Judith, Thanks for your vote. I appreciate your input. Tu amigo, Sid 

  • Lyn

    Aloha Sid, The blue reflects the beauty of chapala de logo.  Me gusto the cover azul mejor.  Lyn

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Lyn,  Thanks for your vote. I appreciate it, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Judith A. Hunt

    George and I definitely vote for the blue cover.  The lake really shows off its
    beauty in blue.   Judy Hunt (Centennial, Colorado)

  • Gypsyruth38

    I prefer the blue.

  • TiaEvelina

    Aloha Sid, The blue reflects the beauty of Chapala de Lago.  Me gusto the cover azul mejor.

  • Mbengoaduprey

    I like both, Sid. Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  • Elaine

    Hi Sid!  I much prefer the blue.  It celebrates the natural beauty of the lake and the green tropical plants stand out with the blue background.  Also, the sepia gives me a feeling with that older couple that they are in the twilight of their life.  A real turn off for me!  I also feel the couple are kind of overwhelming-take up so much of the foreground and I agree with the fact that it is kind of discriminatory to singles.  What about some people walking along the boardwalk-a couple walking hand in hand and several singles one sitting and enjoying the view and one walking with some shopping bags etc.? In my version, I would like to see them more almost as silouettes.

  • Karen

    I have been researching LC for more than 10 years and have never been there yet but plan to visit next summer.  I vote for the blue cover it compliments the lake and has a very inviting appeal.  See you next year.  Karen

  • Karen

    that’s a good idea

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Thanks Karen, Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Judith and George. Thanks guys I counted a vote for each of you. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Gypsyruth, WOW, Looks like Blue might win. You sepias need to catch up. Just kidding. Vote your likes. After all it’s you guys and folks all over the world like you who will benefit most from the book.. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Elaine, Yes, good points, but the sepia group make good points too. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Karen, Great, It’s never too late or too early to make the move to Lake Chapala.

    From my first trip until a final move here took me about 5 years as fate would have it.

    Have never regretted the move. Don’t be a stranger between now and next summer.

    I’m always ready to talk about my favorite place in the world. Tu amigo, Sid



  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Alfredo, Thanks for your input. MOre people have chosen blue over the sepia but all were complementary about the overall design, so I feel like I have a winner.

    Thanks again, Tu amigo, Sid  

  • Liz

    Definitely the blue.  When you look at the lake and the sky and the mountains surrounding it, everything is blue.  The sepia would be more appropriate for an area that is not beside a lake.

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Thanks Liz, Most folks prefer the blue as you do. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Dannyboy3839

    hi,sid ,this is danny meyers we visited with you last may.  #3much more relaxed more enthuisium right on target,looking forward to reading your book.  

                                hasta luego danny

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Danny,

    Yes, I recall your visit. I had a great time with you and your family. Thanks for your vote. My plan is to have the book out in the first half of 2013. Plan a big SPLASH announcement at that time.

    All for now. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Mbengoaduprey,

    Good, I can;t go wrong then. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Sid Grosvenor

     Hi Alfredo,

    Thanks for your input. Sorry to be late thanking you. Yes, Blue won. Tu amigo, Sid

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