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  • Worsley

    Member
    Jan 5, 2022
    370
    Hi Guys,

    I'm wrapping up my book on Vietnam bring back weapons and have been trying to come up with a cool cover. I would greatly appreciate everyone's opinions on what I have so far. They still need some tweaking. A bring back Luger from an advisor is also in the book so I was thinking of placing it on a Vietnam red beret as another option. Thanks!

    Definitely the second picture!
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    So I was thinking about the title more and I was wondering if something like this may sound more enticing.

    War Trophies​

    Weapons of the Viet Cong
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who Brought them home​





    I realize it's longer, but like some of the examples I posted last night, but I think it's important to give some hint that the content includes the soldiers stories.

    Not bad but not all the weapons were from the Viet Cong.

    War Trophies:

    Weapons captured in Vietnam
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who brought them home

    or maybe

    War Trophies:

    Vietnam recovered weapons
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who brought them home

    War Trophies:

    Souvenir weapons from Vietnam
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who brought them home
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    HOW MANY War Trophies are in the book?

    I would add the number to the title.

    Like some others, I like the pic with the rifles, but would add some pistols to it to broaden the attraction.

    You've been a real asset to this forum. Thanks!

    Thanks Jim! So far there are 25 weapons. I like adding pistols to the picture too.
     

    ToolAA

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jun 17, 2016
    8,408
    God's Country
    War Trophies:

    Souvenir weapons from Vietnam
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who brought them home



    I like this one the best. I like Jim's suggestion too. Maybe

    25 Souvenir weapons from Vietnam
    and the stories of American Soldiers
    who brought them home
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    Playing around with the title. I like mentioning the stories but unfortunately I don't have one for each weapon maybe half of them. I also tried a red border and didn't like it.
     

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    outrider58

    Who asked ya?
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 29, 2014
    36,982

    My worthless 2 bits- I like both examples. Maybe if the graphics were golden with black outline and maybe just a tad bit bolder?

    Might help it pop.
     

    Bean Guy

    Member
    Apr 4, 2013
    417
    Eldersburg
    The cover is one thing but have you consider using the services of a professional book editor? I used one for my series of QuickBooks books and the lady did a great job, really got took the writing up a notch. She not only edited the writing but helped me get it listed on Amazon. There a lot of hurdles to jump if you want to do that and she knew how it all worked. PM me and I can tell you all about it.
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    The cover is one thing but have you consider using the services of a professional book editor? I used one for my series of QuickBooks books and the lady did a great job, really got took the writing up a notch. She not only edited the writing but helped me get it listed on Amazon. There a lot of hurdles to jump if you want to do that and she knew how it all worked. PM me and I can tell you all about it.

    Good idea I'll send you a PM thanks.
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    This shortened title was suggested on another forum:

    SOUVENIR WEAPONS FROM VIETNAM

    AND THE STORIES OF THE SOLDIERS
    WHO BROUGHT THEM HOME

    I like this one!
     

    TI-tick

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Shouldn't bring back have a hyphen?

    IDK but that's what editors are for.
    I'll also add, not to be a prick, the ADA; editor should be able to get that into compliance EZ for all to see makes for EZ sales

    I've received articles with print on phot's that's I can't read withour a magnifying glass

    You can do better than that with an editor
     

    Vietnam1965

    Member
    Sep 26, 2021
    268
    Maybe the back cover!!
     

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    308Scout

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Mar 27, 2020
    2,170
    Washington County
    Maybe the back cover!!

    Cutting the guns down to three aligned horizontally across in the center (with one retained in the star) would have a cleaner look IMO. Highlights both the weapons and the history present in the flag. Even for a rear cover, covering the writing on the flag seems to make it look a bit busy/cluttered IMO. Could also keep two below, with the one on the right side of the flag flipped to face left and both moved up just enough to be bore axis just above the writing. Just a thought.
     

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