Eusebius update

Earlier this week I posted an advert at Student Gems.  It read:

I’m publishing a rather dull academic textbook. It’s going to need a nice dust jacket to sell it. I need someone to design me one.

Something like a picture of the Greek islands and some text.

I’ve had about 10 responses.  Four of them seem like people who know what they are doing and would be usable, and I have messaged them some more details:

The book is an edition and translation of Eusebius of Caesarea’s “Gospel problems and solutions” (=Quaestiones ad Stephanum et Marinum) Greek text + translation ditto Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic fragments.

I’m being influenced by the dustjacket for the following book:

http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/FREONOMAS (left)

where the cover made *me* buy it, and I never do buy books.

My thinking is for a photograph as cover, with the author name and title on it. Something like the following photo:

http://www.vidasvillas.com/index_files/page20_1.jpg

(I want to avoid pictures of ruins, I think).

I’m open to other ideas, of course.

It will be interesting to see what comes out of this.

Meanwhile I have been looking for a licensable cover image.  No luck so far, tho.  Shutterstock.com seem to have the right sort of stuff.  I haven’t quite seen one I like.

6 thoughts on “Eusebius update

  1. “I want to avoid pictures of ruins, I think.”

    Good idea, and not something I’d have thought of.

  2. I think they’re just so hackeyed these days. How many books on ancient history or archaeology have you seen, with a photograph of some bleached and not very interesting lumps of rubble and a column or two on the cover? They are legion.

  3. There’s always the “beautiful people in period clothes, possibly looking decadent” option, if you have any friends doing Byzantine reenactment and/or costuming. 🙂 But beautiful landscapes really are nice, on scholarly books.

    Re: link to example cover — it seems to be dead.

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