A director that I worked with at ABC Sports (when I was a writer and researcher), once called me a visual waste-land.
I took no offense. I am a visual waste-land. Words are my thing. Images... not so much. (Of course, because life is like that, my oldest son wants to be an artist - that's the way it goes, I guess.)
As Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments winds it's way to publication, I need to pick a cover image.
And, because of the visual waste-land thing, I am turning to you, my readers, for help and advice.
Unlike a traditional publication, since this book will be exclusively electronic (in order to accommodate the video clips), the cover needs to be something that looks good when seen at about the size of a postage stamp.
Here are some possibilities.
Obviously, with a book about television, there is the television motif.
In each of these options, the title would go on the screen, with the subtitle in a line below. For the two versions that have multiple screens, those would be filled with images from soaps.
My concern with the latter is that they would be simply too small to see, and thus pointless.
There is also the "time" concept:
But, I'm not sure where the title would go, here (top? bottom? across?). Plus, hour-glasses are almost exclusive to Days of Our Lives, no?
And then there's this image:
I find it striking and compelling. The verbal connection is "soap." But, I'm afraid that might be too obscure.
What do you think? Which of the photos above would make the best image for a book to celebrate Soap Opera's Greatest Moments?
Please let me know in the Comments below, or via e-mail: AlinaAdams@gmail.com.