Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2014)
Author: Jola Naibi
Jola Naibi was raised in Lagos, Nigeria and studied in in the United Kingdom. She enjoys writing and blogging as a way to satisfy and extremely eager imagination.
About The Book
Follow the daily lives, loves, and hopes of an entire community in Jola Naibi’s moving debut, Terra Cotta Beauty.
A carefully crafted selection of short stories, this collection examines life in Lagos, Nigeria, during the era of military rule. It reveals the struggles, loves, and hopes of a disparate group of people whose lives always manage to intersect—sometimes in the most devastating of ways.
With each brief conversation and split-second decision containing consequences that reach further than anyone could ever imagine, each of the book’s seven tales is a delicate thread that helps form the social fabric of a nation divided.
From a woman whose journalist husband is jailed for criticizing the government to a young man’s reluctant descent into crime, Terra Cotta Beauty acts as a carefully crafted ode to the essence of Lagos itself: its people.
You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover…and You Should! © Jola Naibi
A book is a dream you hold in your hand
The book cover is the first thing that the reading audience sees. It is their first introduction to the author’s oeuvre. It presents a snapshot of what to expect in the book without giving too much away. If you are a new and emerging author, you want a solid introduction to your potential readers and one way to do that is with an outstanding book cover. It is interesting that people say: never judge a book by its cover; you could be missing out on a great story. The truth is, the emotional appeal of an outstanding book cover is irresistible to the readers. It is the first introduction to the story – it draws the reader in and makes them want to read the synopsis of the book to respond to the question: I wonder what this book is about? The reader wants to learn more so that they can determine if reading the book will be a good investment of their time and money. When I finished writing Terra Cotta Beauty and I knew I had a good piece of work, but then I realized that word of mouth from friends and family would not be enough to draw new readers who I wanted to read, enjoy and even critique my work. I am a first-time author and even though I had established a small following since I started blogging in 2006, I had to expand beyond that small niche. Yes, I had written a book of short stories, but how was I going to get people to read it? I put myself in the shoes of the potential reader. What would draw me to a book? Simple answer: the cover. As an avid reader, I am a loyal fan to a number of authors whose books I would gravitate to, even if the cover was as plain as a blank piece of paper. I, however, did not have that luxury. So, I needed to make sure that the book cover was as captivating as the stories. There was a lot of back of forth between me and the book cover designer. It was an interesting ride and although the result was not what I had in mind when I first started, I was really satisfied with the result. I felt an even more intense sense of satisfaction when I would get feedback from people about the book cover even before they read the book. You can judge a book by its cover and you should.
Check out my collection of favorite book covers on my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/jnaibi/book-covers-i-love/
© Jola Naibi
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